“We must stop Brussels!” referendum booklet warns Hungarians

I’m grateful to the staff of  The Budapest Beacon for permission to re-post their English translation of the propaganda pamphlet the Hungarian government is distributing, in multiple copies, to every Hungarian household. I heard that it even mysteriously appeared on each desk in grade 12 classrooms.

♦ ♦ ♦



“Let’s send a message to Brussels so they can understand too!”

“We must stop Brussels!  We can send a clear and unequivocal message to Brussels with the referendum.  We must achieve that it withdraws the dangerous proposal.  For this we must vote no.” – Page 14.

The government of Hungary has sent 4.1 million, full-color, B4-sized booklets to Hungarians at home and abroad making the government’s case for why Hungarians should vote “no” in the national referendum on October 2.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has staked his political prestige (and that of his national conservative government) on the outcome of the referendum.  In order for it to be valid, one half of the electorate plus one must cast a valid vote on the question:

Do you want for the European Union to be able to prescribe the obligatory settlement of non-Hungarian citizens in Hungary without the approval of the National Assembly?

The national conservative government of Orbán is leaving no stone unturned in its quest to inform the Hungarian voting public of the dangers posed by illegal immigration so that the overwhelming majority of them will vote “no”.

Legal experts and opposition leaders alike argue that the referendum question is moot and the referendum itself is illegal, as Hungary’s “obligation” in this matter arises from international treaties and not from acts of parliament.  But this has not prevented Orbán from wallpapering the country with xenophobic billboards and bombarding the viewing and listening public with anti-Brussels advertisements at horrific cost to taxpayers.

For the benefit of our readers who reside in Hungary but do not read Hungarian, below is our translation of the 18-page booklet, including front and rear cover.


Rear cover (left): Let’s vote no! Referendum 2016 against the forced settlement.

Front cover (right): Referendum 2016 against the forced settlement. Let’s send Brussels a message they can understand too! October 2nd


Page 1 (left): We have a right to decide who we want to live with

Europa is living in times of crisis. In 2015, a country’s worth, more that 1.5 million illegal immigrants arrived in Europe.

Brussels, instead of stopping the people’s migration, plans the further settlement of tens of thousands of migrants.

It is unlawfully preparing for the member countries, including Hungary, to settle immigrants.

Page 2 (right):

We cannot allow our country’s future to be decided by others.

Only we Hungarians can decide with whom we would like to live.  To this end, the government has initiated a referendum against forced settlement.

The referendum question:

Do you want for the European Union to be able to prescribe the obligatory settlement of non-Hungarian citizens in Hungary without the approval of the National Assembly?


Page 3 (left):  The migration of people is jeopardizing Europe’s future.

Year by year, the number of illegal immigrants is growing in Europe. The European elite deny the problem.

Europe does not protect its borders.

Brussels thinks that immigration is a good way to deal with population decline and labor shortages. Hungary rejects this approach.

Page 4 (right):  The Brussels elite argues that new labor is needed in Europe. However, the situation is that there are already 21.4 million unemployed seeking work in Europe, and of those 12.4 million are long-term unemployed.

Exhibit: The number of illegal immigrants arrived in Europe: 336,000 in 2012, 432,000 in 2013, 627,000 in 2014, 1.5 million in 2015


Page 5 (left): Hungary protects its borders

The Hungarian government built a border fence for the protection of Europe and Hungary, for which the European politic and press launched a campaign against it.  In spite of this, more and more have come to support the Hungarian solution.

Instead of forced settlement, protection of the outer borders is needed, so that you can still travel unimpeded within the Union.

Page 6 (right): The southern safety border fence ameliorates illegal immigration. Nevertheless, the danger still remains, which is why we must protect the borders by any means. To this end, the Hungarian government has brought a 10-point plan of action to EU leaders called Schengen 2.0. In it, the government makes proposals for the strengthening of the border protection system.

“Many people are going to thank Hungarian Prime Minister Orbán for what he has done on his borders.” – Horst Seehofer, Bavarian Prime Minister, N24 German news TV

Exhibit: Number of arrived immigrants in 2015:  390,638 before securing the border, 746 after securing the border


Page 7 (left): Illegal immigration increases the threat of terror

We reject forced settlement, because it would increase the danger of terror.

The immigrants largely come from places where European states are engaged in military campaigns. This significantly increases safety risks.

Terrorists consciously and in a well-organized manner take advantage of the lack of control, so that they can slip in with the crowds of immigrants. No one can say how many terrorists have arrived so far among the immigrants.

Page 8 (right):

Viktor Orbán “loudly announced what many leaders think but don’t talk about because of political correctness.” – Beata Szydlo, Polish prime minister, TVN24 Polish news TV

The Paris and Brussels attacks proved that there is a very close relationship between immigration and terrorism.

Exhibit: January 2015, Paris, 17 dead + 22 wounded; November 2015 Paris, 130 dead + 368 wounded; March 2016, Brussels, 32 dead + 340 wounded; July, Nice, 86 dead + 303 wounded.


Page 9 (left): Forced settlement endangers our culture and our customs.

Obligatory resettlement would change Europe and Hungary’s ethnic, cultural and religious composition. Illegal immigrants don’t respect our laws, and they don’t want to share in our common cultural values.

If we don’t take action, in a couple of decades we won’t recognize Europe.

“I agree with Viktor Orbán that Europe needs strong outer borders.” – David Cameron, ex-British Prime Minister, in a joint press conference with Viktor Orbán

Illegal immigrants do not respect European norms, among others the rights of women. Since the immigrant crisis began the number of assaults on women has grown by leaps and bounds.

Page 10 (right):  Several hundred “No-Go” zones in Europe’s big cities

The so-called “no-go” zones are areas of cities that the authorities are unable to keep under their control. Here the recipient society’s written or unwritten norms do not apply. In those European cities, where immigrants live in great numbers, several hundred “no-go” zones exist.


Page 11 (left): Brussels’ dangerous plans

Based on the European Commission proposal, those member countries that would not like to resettle migrants will be fined.

The size of the fine would be 78 million forint per immigrant.

By contrast, one Hungarian receives 1 million forints of assistance over a period of seven years.

Exhibit:  Brussels would impose a fine of HUF 78 million per immigrant on those member states that say no to the forced settlement.

One Hungarian gets HUF 1 million in under seven years.

Page 12 (right):  Brussels has proposed a fine of such a sum, that a Hungarian person on average must work 39 years to earn.


Page 13 (left): Let’s send a message to Brussels!

The Hungarian government has initiated a referendum against forced resettlement.

The referendum is necessary because Brussels has proposed that immigrants arriving in the European Union should be distributed based on a predefined quota among member states of a compulsory nature.

Page 14 (right): Taking into account the current rate of immigration and family reunification, within a period of five years a city’s worth of people could be settled in Hungary.

Brussels must be stopped!

We can send a clear and unequivocal message to Brussels with the referendum.

We must achieve that it withdraws its dangerous proposal.

For this we must vote no.


Pages 15 and 16 contain information about the referendum itself, including the hours polls open and close, what documents voters need to present in order to vote, and how to vote abroad.

Page 17 features a photograph of the Hungarian National Assembly.

Page 18 (right):  Let’s stay in touch:

Stay in touch with us and be informed of the most important governmental measures.  Fill in the attached form, put it in an envelope, and send it to us.  Address:  The Cabinet Office of the Office of the Prime Minister 1896.




Mobile tel.:

Land line:


The form is followed by a lengthy disclaimer giving the government the right to use the information to contact the sender.

September 13, 2016
Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
September 13, 2016 2:16 pm

The Nazi regime would be proud of Orban for his propaganda machine…. As for those that have the guts to oppose the regime only disgust and dismay remains.

September 13, 2016 2:40 pm

I don’t want to comment on the idiocies and stupid lies of this crappy propaganda leaflet – just one thing that made me laugh:
Obviously this was prepared some time ago, so

“I agree with Viktor Orbán that Europe needs strong outer borders.” – David Cameron, ex-British Prime Minister, in a joint press conference with Viktor Orbán
That sounds a bit outdated – Cameron isn’t a member of parliament any more …

Another example of Orbàn’s curse?

All prominent politicians who got in close contact with O disappeared soon after from their jobs …

September 13, 2016 4:52 pm

Orban and Cameron deserved each other. Both lack profound thinking or principle. Opportunistic hubris is their trade.

Neither deserves anything by way of accolades. Orban’s political payoff is yet to come. Cameron is the worst PM in modern UK history. However we in the UK have to live with the consequences of his casual misjudgements. He makes millions. Hungarians likewise.

September 13, 2016 2:56 pm

The Hungarian government’s shepherding of its citizenry reminds me of something that happened to my wife and I some years ago. We used to go on holidays with our in-laws and on a trip to Ireland I met up with some Hungarians in our B&B. It is normal to befriend fellow countrymen when abroad and when I returned to our room, I told the in-laws of the Hungarians I had met. When I suggested we invite them for a drink, they demurred. Some excuse or other came up. I found it strange. After some thought I realized what it was: the in-laws were
‘shielding’us from the others, as if to protect our pristine, naive ways.

Jean P.
Jean P.
September 13, 2016 3:05 pm

This is an incoherent text, jumping randomly around among Orban’s infallible dogmas and citing support from flawed characters. Rather boring.

September 13, 2016 3:23 pm

And now back to reality aka economics:

Another scathing analysis of the future trends in the Balkan aka Eastern Europe (what Fidesz like to call part of Central Europe …):

Just a few sentences:

“due to the lack of appropriate skills, part of the additional labour supply has been stuck in government fostered work programs and have failed to effectively increase the available workforce, leading to labour shortages in the more prosperous regions of Hungary.

[…] lower income convergence rates will likely keep emigration rates at elevated levels in the coming years (Figure 14), resulting in a vicious cycle.”
It doesn’t look good – but on the other hand maybe Mrs Merkel with her good connections to German industry which needs all these qualified people is ok with all this?

September 13, 2016 3:49 pm

At the end there’s another ominous remark:

Citi’s economists have warned that access to generous EU funding is not likely forever. They reminded that the current seven year EU financial funding plan will end in 2020 and they are “increasingly concerned” the next budget will be less favourable for Central Europe.

“Apart from purely economic factors there are also political considerations that suggest a less generous budget for the region. Over last year Central European countries have been vocal in their opposition against European migration policies, in particular the plan to relocate asylum seekers. In this situation it is hard to imagine how CEE governments could use the argument of European solidarity during the budget negotiations. The overall strategy of opposing closer EU integration is not likely to help either.”

Quo usque tandem abutere, Orbán, patientia nostra?

September 13, 2016 5:03 pm

Ms Hando, appointed head of the judiciary and Orban’s open friend supports the plan to create special courts stuffed with fidesznik bureaucrats.

These courts would make [preordained] decisions on “politically sensitive issues”, like election fraud.


September 13, 2016 5:36 pm

Listen please if you can to Schopflin Gyuri on BBC the world tonight on 14/9. You can get it on BBC Radio Player App.

September 13, 2016 6:55 pm

The interview was typical BBC incompetent. The girl who probably knows nothing beyond BBC generated political correctness failed to ask him about the race hate inspired by OV as demonstrated in the award to Bayer.

September 14, 2016 3:13 pm

I love how the “we must ensure the safety of women!!” keeps popping up in the anti refugee propaganda, as if Hungary actually respects women. As if Hungarian law actually punishes abusive men, as if there aren’t abusers in the Hungarian government. Where was the talk of violenece against women rising when Pécs police created that rape apologism video to show in schools?

September 14, 2016 3:42 pm

Yes, Ilona.

Violence against women in the patriarchal society of Hungary is an iceberg with the tip only appearing periodically in ‘Parliament’.

Some MPs have a violent history against their partners – which sometimes rears its ugly head.

The ‘rendorseg’ only intervene in ‘domestics’ if blood is drawn – and then the police usually adjudicate in favour of the man.

The ‘safety of women’ in the brochure is Orban using every desperate angle he can – without realising the sheer hypocrisy.

Plus Orban is rumoured to have duffed up Anikó in the past.

Andrew J Chandler
September 15, 2016 3:24 am

Are all EU citizens resident in Hungary allowed to vote?

September 15, 2016 3:59 am

No they are not!
Not in Hungarian national elections.

September 15, 2016 5:23 am

Nor can Hungarians vote in English Parliamenty elections. However they can – and do! – vote in local council elections in the borough in which they live.

And Hungarians can’t vote in Hungarian elections in the UK if they can’t get to the embassy in London – a purposefully difficult operation because Orban knows that they probably won’t vote for him. They can’t have a postal vote.

‘Hungarians’ in the ‘Trianon Lands’ and who have never lived in Hungary nor paid taxes or contributed in any way to Hungarian society can vote and are closer to the country. They can have a postal vote because Orban knows that they probably will vote for him.

This is a democratic value acceptable to the EU.

Warped, biased, corrupt and as bent as any voting system can be.

Andrew J Chandler
September 15, 2016 7:04 am

Also, this is a referendum or plebiscite, not an election of parties and candidates. If I can vote in the EU elections, why can’t I vote on an EU matter which directly affects me as a legal immigrant? The recent Brexit Referendum was wrong on this, excluding EU citizens, and even excluded British ex-pats living elsewhere in the EU for 15 years. It’s being challenged through the courts because the result has not been referred to parliament, but potentially removes rights from EU citizens and UK subjects. I understand that the legalitz of the Hungarian referendum is also being challenged, because parliament does not have sole control over its Schengen border. None of these decisions were made by or in consultation with the EU. However, the Scottish ‘Indi’ referendum, while excluding all ex-pats, did include all residents, including EU migrant workers. It’s all rather arbitrary, isn’t it?

September 15, 2016 8:05 am

Yes arbitrary – just the degree differs.

However I can understand EU voters not being able to vote in GB – just as in the Corbyn putsch, – a social media campaign, for example, could skew the results in favour of the CEE countries if they were so inclined to organise on social media.

My partner intends to become an English citizen – and then she can legitimately vote.