Hungary: A social protection country profile for the Ukraine crisis response

This profile was developed with the available information between 26/04/2022 and 13/06/2022, as a supplement to the overarching briefing paper Humanitarian Assistance and Social Protection Linkages: Strengthening shock-responsiveness of social protection systems in the Ukraine crisis.

Some key messages:

  • Hungary is run by a nationalist conservative government with little focus on vulnerability and marginalisation and explicitly against asylum seekers, although open to seasonal labour migration to fill gaps in the short term.
  • The social protection system has proven capable of addressing poverty in comparison to neighbouring countries - but has major gaps in terms of enabling access to employment for mothers and in its ability to address specific vulnerabilities.
  • So far, only a small proportion of Ukrainians have registered under the Temporary Protection Scheme.