Hungary accused of inflating number of Ukrainian arrivals to seek EU funds

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Hungary’s far-right government has been accused of inflating the number of Ukrainian refugees it is sheltering as it seeks to secure European funds to finance their welfare.

Days before what will be a closely-fought general election against a unified opposition bloc, Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz administration – which has previously trumpeted its hostility to those it considers illegal migrants – claimed it had accepted more refugees fleeing Ukraine than any other neighbouring country after taking Hungary’s population of 9.6 million into account.

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