The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, selected Budapest to be the place to set up its new administrative and service center, announced Zoltán J Gál, secretary to the PM's Office at the government spokesman briefing yesterday.
Three other cities had also wanted to host the center, Bucharest, Kuala Lumpur and Chennai (India). Gál contributed UN's choice to the successful negotiations by the government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. There will be mostly Hungarians working in the new UNHCR facility, which will offer about 130 jobs. The government gives away the top four floors of a recently built office building in Ipoly Street, District 13. The deployment of the center will start in September and take about 9 months, said Gál. (Gazdasági Rádió)