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UNHCR Launches Billboard Campaign In Mirror Image Of Government’s Anti-Immigration Rhetoric – Gallery!

By Ferenc Sullivan // 2015.06.11.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is launching a billboard campaign to mark World Refugee Day on 20 June. The campaign’s timing coincides with the government’s controversial anti-immigration posters, which have been strongly criticised by the opposition and international organisations alike.

In its statement issued concerning the launch of the campaign, the international organisation writes that the four differest billboards, which are to be posted in the stations of metro lines 2 and 3 in Budapest, each depict refugees living in Hungary with the message that people seeking refuge are everyday people like the rest of us. Most of them have gone through extraordinary hardship and are struggling with determination to stay afloat; if they get a chance to integrate, they are happily willing to contribute to the country’s progress.

The UNHCR billboards, which feature a restaurant owner from Bangladesh, a nursery worker from Togo, a tour guide and self-confessed fan of the Hungarian poet and national hero S谩ndor Pet艖fi from Afghanistan, and a Pakistani player for the Hungarian national cricket team, will be the mirror image of the government’s anti-immigration billboard campaign, which has been at the centre of Hungarian public discourse in the previous weeks. However, UNHCR claims that the timing is a mere coincidence.