Hungary’s government considers ethnic Hungarians living abroad assets to the nation, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office said in Sátoraljaújhely, in north-eastern Hungary. Strengthening the national identity of Hungarians born abroad could ultimately serve to benefit the nation, Gergely Gulyás said in a talk at a camp for Hungarian university students from around the world organised by the Rákóczi Association.
Gulyás noted that more than one million ethnic Hungarians have been granted citizenship over the last nine years, and encouraged Hungarians living abroad who want to strengthen their ties to the motherland to apply for naturalisation. The PM’s Office chief said the Hungarian economy was getting stronger, pointing out that more and more people were joining the middle class. The government’s family policy is designed to support this trend, he said, adding that the measures allowed Hungarians to have children without having to worry about risking poverty.