State Secretary Árpád János Potápi spoke of the importance of the government’s moral recognition of Hungarian diasporas at a meeting with Hungarians living in Australia.
The state secretary in charge of policies for Hungarian communities abroad met representatives of the local Hungarian community on Australia’s Gold Coast in the company of Zsolt Csenger-Zalán, Hungary’s ambassador to Australia, as part of the ongoing Australian Hungarian Cultural Convention there. Potápi told MTI that contact with diaspora Hungarians has been elevated to the level it deserves to be. The topic itself had been taboo prior to the democratic transition, and not much changed afterwards, either, until the current government declared that diaspora Hungarians formed an important part of the nation, he said. The Hungarian diaspora numbers around 2.5 million, about the same as the number of ethnic Hungarians living in the Carpathian Basin, Potápi added.