Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Hundreds of migrants fleeing the South American nation of Venezuela have been welcomed in the generally anti-migrant European nation of Hungary. Who are these migrants and why is Hungary accepting them? The BBC has the deets.
Hungary has been accepting venzolanos who can prove that they have Hungarian ancestry. That might sound odd, but it turns out there have been two separate waves of Hungarian migration to Venezuela since WW2. Facing terrible conditions in present-day Venezuela, Hungarian-Venezuelans made a Hail Mary pass and sought help from Hungary. And despite general antipathy towards migration, Hungary obliged, seeing these migrants more as lost children than the interlopers seeking refuge in their nation from points South (Africa).