Czech Police tell public broadcaster that of more than 5 000 Romani refugees from Ukraine who have been vetted, just 150 have Hungarian passports
Romani refugees from Ukraine at the Main Train Station in Prague, Czech Republic, May 2022. The bubble has burst with regard to official claims that an allegedly high number of Romani refugees from Russia's war on Ukraine have dual Hungarian-Ukrainian citizenship. According to police, of more than 5 000 requests for such screening, only about 150 have identified Hungarian passport holders. "To date, we have applied for a review of approximately 5 500 cases, with the result that we found about 150 people who actually have dual citizenship," Czech Police spokesperson Ondřej Moravčík told Czech Television. The authorities have refused to provide journalists this information for several weeks.
The Interior Ministry referred us to the Aliens Police, which stated that it is not entitled to issue such data and referred Romea. One of the first pieces of misinformation about the allegedly large number of Romani refugees with Hungarian passports came from the Regional Governor of South Moravia, Jan Grolich, who even claimed the Roma were coming from Hungary instead of from Ukraine. Interior Minister Vít Rakušan has repeatedly mentioned the claim that an allegedly large number of Romani refugees from Ukraine hold a Hungarian passport. Since the beginning of 2011, Hungary has enabled anybody living anywhere who can prove direct Hungarian ancestry and who has at least a basic knowledge of the Hungarian language to obtain citizenship. Such citizenship was mostly acquired by inhabitants of countries neighboring Hungary, i.
Creating new voters for the Hungarian electorate was the PM's motivation. Slovakia, for example, responded by adopting the norm that citizens who acquire a second citizenship will lose their Slovak citizenship. In October 2018, Ukraine expelled the Hungarian consul due to the distribution of Hungarian passports to its nationals.
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