Hungary

Number of people served: 29

In recent years, the Hungarian government has been resistant to allow asylum seekers to cross its borders and receive refugee status. In 2017, Hungary granted protection to just 1,216 people, and currently only two asylum seekers per day are allowed to enter the country.

Our work in Hungary

JRS Hungary supports the social and educational inclusion of people receiving international protection in the country.

With an educational program that aims to support the process of school inclusion, the team works in close cooperation with schools that enroll refugee children. As teaching Hungarian as a foreign language is a top priority, language classes are held weekly with the involvement of volunteers. We also develop educational materials, organize workshops to share know-how, and stimulate networking.

As part of the CHANGE project, JRS Hungary offers in-class activities and workshops for high-school students during the school year. To promote solidarity, awareness-raising events are organized in the House of Dialogue regularly.

Since September 2019, JRS Hungary is present in the reception facility for unaccompanied minors in Fót. Together with partner experts, language classes and other activities were organized for them every week.

JRS provides flats for refugee families. In cooperation with the Jesuit University Hall for Roma students, housing is provided for refugee youth committed to finishing their studies.

Since 2017, we have operated a community-based program that was launched in partnership with local parishes that decided to support refugee families. JRS holds that such examples of hospitality are essential in helping Hungarian society become more open and sensitive towards refugees.

See our work

A family lays cuddled close in front of their tent.
A family lays cuddled close in front of their tent. (Kristóf Hölvényi/Jesuit Refugee Service)
A large crowd around a chalk wall with writing that reads
A large crowd around a chalk wall with writing that reads "We are not terroist, we need just peace." (Kristóf Hölvényi/Jesuit Refugee Service)
From a train, this man, between tears and rage, tries to touch his child.
From a train, this man, between tears and rage, tries to touch his child. (Kristóf Hölvényi / Jesuit Refugee Service)

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