Country Report

Country Report: Hungary Last updated: 30/11/20


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This report was written by Márta Pardavi, Gruša Matevžič, Júlia Iván and Anikó Bakonyi of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC), the first three updates were written by Gruša Matevžič, the fourth update was written by Gruša Matevžič, Júlia Iván, Anikó Bakonyi and Gábor Gyulai, and the 2016 and 2017 updates were written by András Alföldi, Gruša Matevžič, Zita Barcza-Szabó and Zsolt Szekeres. The 2018 and 2019 updates were written by Gruša Matevžič, Zita Barcza-Szabó, Zsolt Szekeres and Magda Major. The report was edited by ECRE.

The information for the report is obtained from the interviews with the HHC staff and contracted attorneys, UNHCR Hungary, Menedék Hungarian Association for Migrants, SOS Children’s Villages, The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary, Cordelia Foundation, Maltese Care Nonprofit Ltd., Migrants’ Help Association of Hungary, Budapest Methodological Centre of Social Policy and Its Institutions, Kalunba Social Services Nonprofit Ltd., Hungarian Baptist Aid and from available reports and from questionnaires submitted to the Hungarian authorities.

The information in this report is up-to-date as of 31 December 2019, unless otherwise stated.


To access the updated report, you can navigate through the table of contents on the right end side or download the full report (in PDF) above.

You can access monthly statistical updates by the Hungarian Helsinki Committee here.

You can access key asylum-related Hungarian Helsinki Committee publications from 2015 onwards here.


Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX I – Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation