Government launches online immigration questionnaire


The government launched an online version of the “national consultation on immigration” questionnaires yesterday, government spokesperson Zoltán Kovács said at a press conference, according to online daily

Kovács, said the government will also initiate a campaign in connection with the questionnaire to inform the public on how immigrants to Hungary must respect the culture and laws of their host country and not pose a threat to the jobs of Hungarians, the daily reported. By making the questionnaire available online, the government aims to reach all those reluctant to reply by mail.

Unlike the paper version of the questionnaire, however, the online version is not anonymous. Names and other details are required at the outset to prevent individuals from filling out the questionnaire more than once, according to Kovács. The government, however, has yet to implement the functionality in the system that can verify the identity of the individuals responding online.

Two hundred thousand questionnaires were returned by mail, Kovács says, adding that the ratio is an improvement on the previous national consultation. Eight million questionnaires were sent out at the end of April at taxpayer’s expense to all Hungarian citizens over the age of 18.

The questions on the questionnaire are as follows:

  1. 1. How important is the spread of terrorism as far as your own life is concerned?
  2. 2. In your opinion, could Hungary become the target of terrorism in the next few years?
  3. 3. Some say that mistaken immigration policies by Brussels contribute to the spread of terrorism. Do you agree?
  4. 4. Did you know that economic immigrants cross the border illegally and that lately their numbers have increased 20-fold?
  5. 5. Do you agree with the opinion that economic immigrants endanger the jobs and livelihoods of the Hungarian people?
  6. 6. Some say that Brussels’ policies on immigration and terrorism have failed. Do you agree?
  7. 7. Would you support the Hungarian government in its effort to introduce stricter immigration regulations than those of Brusselsʼ?
  8. 8. Would you support a new regulation that would allow the Hungarian government to place immigrants who illegally entered the country in custody?
  9. 9. In your opinion should those immigrants who illegally enter Hungary be returned to their own countries as soon as possible?
  10. 10. Do you agree that those economic immigrants who stay in Hungary should have to make money to cover the cost of their keep?
  11. 11. Do you agree that the best means of combating immigration is to give economic assistance to the countries of origin of the immigrants?
  12. 12. Do you agree with the Hungarian government that instead of allocating funds to immigration we should support Hungarian families and those children yet to be born?
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