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UNHCR encourages Hungarians to get to know real refugees

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Beginning next week, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) will encourage Budapest residents to learn more about the extraordinary refugees who have made a home for themselves in Hungary and have contributed to this country, the UNHCR said in a press release yesterday.

“Commuters can ʼmeetʼ refugees along two Budapest subway lines; UNHCR’s refugee posters, by coincidence, will form an interesting dialogue with the Hungarian government’s anti-immigrant billboard campaign,” the press release said. The posters will portray refugees who arrived to Hungary looking for a safe place to live and have been working ever since they arrived, and have integrated into the Hungarian society.

“This year’s World Refugee Day campaign aims to show that refugees are ordinary people living through extraordinary circumstances who have often overcome astounding obstacles,” the press release said. “This year World Refugee Day takes place against a backdrop of conflict in Europe (Ukraine) and many other regions, growing numbers of forcibly displaced people and a rising tide of intolerance and xenophobia in many parts of the world,” it added.

“All around the world we are seeing families fleeing violence. The numbers are massive - but we must not forget that these are mothers and fathers, daughters and sons. People who led ordinary lives before war forced them to flee. On this World Refugee Day, everyone should remember the things that connect all of us - our common humanity,”  High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said.

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