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Jun 17, 2016

Hungary lends its support to refugee charities

A number of charities have received 50 million HUF each to help with the migrant crisis

Hungarian authorities have revealed that they are providing support to charities that operate at the southern border and at refugee centers across the country.

Miklós Soltész, minister of State for Church, Nationality and Civil relations, announced that the government provides special support to the five member organizations of the Charity Council operating at the southern border and other refugee centers.

Soltész – who is also President of the Charity Council – said that the government is supporting the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta, Caritas Hungarica, Hungarian Reformed Church Aid, the Hungarian Red Cross and Hungarian Interchurch Aid with 50 million HUF each, so that they can continue the work they started earlier: providing care for migrants arriving at Hungary’s borders – primarily families, children, elderly and sick people.

These organizations help those truly in need along the border and on the territory of neighboring countries, as well as in Bicske and Fót, Soltész explained.

He said that while the border regions are much quieter than last year, the volume of migrants has not diminished. This year the number of illegal border crossings has reached 15,000.

Lajos Győri-Dani, Executive Director of the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta, said that their organization is primarily involved in offering medical support two days a week to refugees waiting for the processing of their asylum requests in the transit zones in Röszke and Tompa.

He added that a majority of the refugees arriving at the Hungarian border after many months of travel have some kind of medical condition, such as colds, infections and minor injuries of the extremities.

Families with small children are also being given baby food and diapers, he said