Govt Scheme To Help Diaspora Hungarians To Continue In 2015

  • 27 Jan 2015 4:00 AM
Govt Scheme To Help Diaspora Hungarians To Continue In 2015
Programmes will continue this year under the Hungarian government’s Sándor Kőrösi Csoma scheme designed to help diaspora Hungarians maintain their Hungarian identity and language, a state secretary in the prime minister’s office said.

Under the scheme named after the renowned Hungarian Orientalist, about 100 young Hungarians will be assigned to assist local Hungarian communities in five continents again this year, Árpád János Potápi, who is in charge of the policy for Hungarian communities abroad, told a press conference.

New destinations this year will include Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain, he said, adding that helpers who had worked on an assignment during the previous two years would be invited to apply again.

The programme’s budget for this year is 1 billion forints (EUR 3.2m).

The scheme sent 47 young Hungarians to diaspora countries in its first year in 2013 and 100 in 2014.

According to statistics relating to 2011, the Hungarian diaspora numbers in Australia about 67,000, in Canada 316,000, in the US half a million, in Latin America 200,000 and in Western Europe about 388,000.


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