At a special ceremony at the parliament in Budapest on December 5, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán granted Hungarian citizenship to another Hungarian Romanian. the event was organised to mark the 500,000th naturalisation since the 2010 introduction of a law to grant citizenship to ethnic Hungarians living in neighbouring countries.

the fortunate recipient, explains Magyar Hírlap, was the Franciscan monk Csaba Böjte, who is the founder of the Saint Francis Foundation of Deva, an organisation that cares for street children and orphans.

The daily notes that the ceremony also coincided with the anniversary of the 2004 referendum on legislation to grant dual nationality to Hungarians living in neighbouring countries. The vote, undertaken on the initiative of Orbán’s Fidesz party which was in opposition at the time, only attracted a turnout of 40 per cent and was thus deemed to be invalid.