An unexpected destination for Venezuelan migrants and refugees: Hungary
Approximately 4 million Venezuelan migrants and refugees have fled the country in the past few years, according to the latest June data from the Regional Inter-Agency Coordination Platform. Some report that around 9 percent of the Venezuelan population has left, but figures are estimates at best due to data collection challenges and may be higher or lower.
While the majority of Venezuelans have left for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, particularly neighboring Colombia and Peru, the remainder of Venezuelans emigrate to North America and Europe--including Hungary.
Though not well known, Hungary has accepted around 300 Venezuelans of Hungarian heritage through a programme that began in April 2018, according to Hungarian news media. The development has surprised some as Hungary's migration policy has in the past tended to focus more on restrictions on immigration.