Government leafleting to tell refugees to stay out of Hungary

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The government today announced that it is leafleting in countries south of the Hungarian border as it begins its HUF 1 billion information campaign to discourage refugees from entering Hungary.

Refugees take a rest after entering Hungary through the Serbian border near Röszke. (Photo: MTI/Gergely Zoltán Kelemen)

The leaflets say that everyone is welcome in Hungary, but add that there will be a stern response against those entering the country illegally, according to the government website, kormany.hu. The leaflets also say that travelers should avoid doing business with human traffickers.

It is not clear from the governmentʼs announcement how the leaflets will be distributed, or in what language the leaflets will be printed. In a previous public relations campaign earlier this year, billboards posted all around Hungary included warnings for migrants to respect Hungarians and not take their jobs away, but those billboards were all in Hungarian, a language spoken by few among the current group of refugees.

The government announced August 28 that it would be conducting this information campaign using HUF 1.016 bln from this year’s state budget.

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