Cricket practice highlights Hungarian immigration rhetoric

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Refugees in Hungary from Afghanistan and Pakistan practiced together in Budapest in one of Hungaryʼs cricket teams to show they can contribute to Hungarian society, despite the Hungarian governmentʼs anti-immigrant rhetoric, online portal Ukraine Today reported on Wednesday.

One of the goals of the Hungarian Cricket Association (HCA) is to help refugees settle into Hungarian society, while at the same time recruiting talents, the portal reported.

"We have been here for the last three years, working hard with refugees to get some funding and support so that we can have a team of these young adults who arrive in this country under age, without parents or any support," President of HCA Márton Kis told the portal.

Hungary has seen a rise in immigrants from 43,000 in 2014 to 50,000 this year so far. The Hungarian government has launched a billboard campaign addressing the issue of immigration and has conducted a national consultation, that critics claim links immigrants with terrorists.

UNHCR began a poster campaign, which encourages Hungarians to get to know a the refugees who immigrated to their country. One of these posters featured a Pakistani refugee playing cricket for Hungary.

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