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The government’s policies for ethnic Hungarians last year were defined by joint action, the state secretary in charge of policies for Hungarian communities abroad said on Saturday, vowing to continue the nation-building together with ethnic Hungarians in 2023. A total of 318,083 ethnic Hungarians voted in the April general election, almost 94% of whom backed the current government, Árpád János Potápi said in a video posted on Facebook. Thanking Hungarians beyond the border for their support, Potápi said that after the pandemic the Russia-Ukraine war presented another challenge to the entire Hungarian nation, especially the Hungarian community in western Ukraine’s Transcarpathia region. Hungarians both within and beyond Hungary’s borders are united in aiding the Transcarpathian Hungarian community, Potápi said.
But the government is not giving up on its strategic goals and will do everything in its power to continue working towards a unified Hungarian nation, he said. Since 2010, 1.15 million ethnic Hungarians have been granted citizenship and 5,400 investment projects have been carried out in ethnic Hungarian communities, Potápi said, adding that the government will continue contributing to the Hungarian-language education of 300,000 Hungarian children and young people each year. “As stated in the closing statement issued by the Permanent Hungarian Conference, every member of the Hungarian nation has a shared interest in peace being achieved as soon as possible,” Potápi said. “We trust that 2023 will bring peace to Europe.”