Consul: About 200,000 Hungarian ethnics interested in citizenship

The first people who asked to be granted Hungarian citizenship at the Hungarian General Consulate in Miercurea Ciuc will take oath on March 14 and 15, the new consul, Zsigmond Barna Pal announced yesterday, during his first meeting with the press.

Zsigmond said that until now, about 6,000 citizenship applications were filed with the Hungarian General Consulate, but underlined that as far as he knows, there are about 200,000 people who want to obtain Hungarian citizenship, according to Mediafax.

The consul also said the press will have access to March 14 and 15 ceremonies when Hungarian ethnics will take their oath, but details about the people who are granted citizenship would be made public later on, based on a decision of the Hungarian Foreign Affairs Ministry.

The new consul also talked about his main objectives on the job. He underlined that his activity will focus on two directions: management of Hungarian citizenship bids and development of economic and cultural ties between Hungary and Romania and between Transylvanian Hunga­rians and the neighbouring country. Zsigmond also said that he is deeply attached to this region of Romania, since he was born in Targu Mures and left for Hungary with part of his family in 1990, when he was 18.

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