“People who could pose serious security risks for Hungary and the European Union were granted residency through a controversial Golden Visa scheme run by the Hungarian government”, according to Hungarian investigative news site Direkt36.
In its article – which is available both in Hungarian and in English – Direkt36 writes that after receiving information from an unknown sender, they concluded that one of the above mentioned people “is a Syrian man who is suspected of being the member of an international money laundering network working for groups involved in human trafficking and smuggling of weapons and drugs. Another Syrian, a key member of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s inner circle, who is on the United States’ sanction list, also was granted a residency permit in Hungary”.
The article reminds that the law creating the residency bond program, “initiated by Antal Rogan, a powerful politician of Fidesz and now the chief of staff of Prime Minister Viktor Orban, was rushed through Parliament without substantial debate in 2012 and quickly became one of the most controversial initiatives of the Fidesz government. Under the scheme, those who invested 250-300 thousand euros in Hungarian state bonds were granted a Hungarian residency permit”.
Source: Direkt36/Hungary Journal