Country Report

Country Report: Hungary Last updated: 15/04/21


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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, 2019 and 2020 updates were written by Gruša Matevžič, Zita Barcza-Szabó, Zsolt Szekeres and Magda Major. The report was edited by ECRE.

The information for the 2020 update is obtained from the interviews with the HHC staff and contracted attorneys, UNHCR Hungary, as well as from questionnaires submitted to the Hungarian authorities and to Hungarian civil and church organizations, i.e. Budapest Methodological Centre of Social Policy and Its Institutions, Cordelia Foundation, Hungarian Baptist Aid, Jesuit Refugee Service, Kalunba Social Services Nonprofit Ltd., Maltese Care Nonprofit Ltd., Menedék Hungarian Association for Migrants, The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary and from available reports.


The information in this report is up-to-date as of 31 December 2020, unless otherwise stated.


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