Hungary bans homelessness

As of today, it is illegal to be homeless in the European country of Hungary, as a new law prohibiting it comes into effect. Those who are found to be in breach of this law will initially be given a warning for sleeping out on the streets. Offenders may also face a fine of US$600, which equates to £382 or €445, or a jail sentence.

A significant majority of the National Assembly of Hungary voted in favour of the law in October of this year. The Fidesz, a ruling party in the country, proposed the law on the basis that homelessness was becoming too significant a problem for the capital Budapest. The city is thought to contain ten thousand homeless individuals.

The unemployment rate for Hungary as a whole is approximately 10.7%. However, for the Romani people, this figure may rise to somewhere in between sixty and ninety per cent, according to International Business Times. 48% of those in the country without an occupation have not had one for at least twelve months, RTTNews reported.

According to BBC News Online, the new law has attracted a substantial amount of criticism from various quarters, including charities supporting the homeless, that it could not be enforced, while there are too few positions available in hostels, they have claimed. Hungarian Maltese Charity Service deputy head Miklos Vecsei believed that the laws were put in place due to the dissatisfaction of the public and had not been based on any professional or rational examinations. Vecsei believes that the problem of homelessness should not be outlawed but resolved.

István Tarlós, the Mayor of Budapest, told The Budapest Report that “those who believe that all problems would be solved if homeless people were given housing” would be “mistaken” in thinking so.

Mate Kocsis, the Fidesz MP that created the law, said that the issue of homelessness is one that should be rectified by the local councils of Hungary, while indicating that various recently introduced plans for and positions in hostels existed. Charities for those affected by homelessness believe that this would nonetheless cause one to three thousand individuals to have no shelter to reside in. Those who do not approve of the law are preparing to demonstrate to the National Assembly in opposition of it.

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4 Responses to "Hungary bans homelessness"

  1. MAMAMIA  January 17, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Hi just one simple question by Romani do you understand Romanian?

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    • Lindi  January 19, 2012 at 11:57 pm

      The Romani, who are known collectively in the Romani language as Romane or Rromane (depending on the dialect concerned) and also as Romany, Romanies, Romanis, Roma or Roms, are an ethnic group living mostly in Europe, who trace their origins to the Indian Subcontinent. Romani are also widely known in the English-speaking world by the exonym Gypsies.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romani_people

  2. an enlightened  February 4, 2012 at 6:48 am

    UNBEARABLE!

    I LEFT HUNGARY, BECAUSE WE THOUGHT THE COMMUNISM WENT TO THE WRONG DIRECTION IN THE 80′S AND I SEE NOW VERY CLEARLY, THE CAPITALISM WHAT TOOK OVER, TURN MY COUNTRY AND EAST EUROPE TO HELL, TO RIGHT WING NAZI DIRECTION.

    I CAN COMPARE NOW!

    BUT WE KNOW NOW, HOW THE REGIME CHANGES HAPPENING EVERYWHERE, DECIDED BY THE SUPERPOWER WHO IS IN CHARGE ESPECIALLY SMALL COUNTRIES LIKE HUNGARY.

    VIVA FOR SOCIALISM, FOR THE WHOLE WORLD! OTHERWISE WE ARE CAPUT!

    BY BY HUMAN SPECIE

    WOULD YOU LIKE IF I TELL YA, HOW DID I GROWN UP?

    WE WERE POOR, PRETTY POOR, BUT:

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  3. badger_fruit  February 14, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Forgive the stupid question, but how is it possible to make it ILLEGAL to be homeless?

    I mean seriously, who actually choses to be homeless? Not a lot of people I guess … to then punish them with fines (pointless as if they had money, don’t you think they’d also have a home?) or jail (pointless court time and public expense then to hold the person in jail costs public money).

    What is Hungary thinking??
    Totally bonkers!

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