Hungary has distributed more than 100 thousand Hungarian passports to citizens of Ukraine of Hungarian origin in Transcarpathia, according to various estimates. This was reported by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vasyl Bodnar, Radio Liberty reports.
"According to various data, including Hungarian sources, more than 100,000 Hungarian passports were issued, but these passports were issued until the moment Ukraine received a visa-free regime. The attractiveness of this passport was practical - it was possible to cross the border smoothly, to get work in Hungary or beyond," said Bodnar.
After such step, according to the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, from 30 to 40 thousand Ukrainian citizens of Hungarian origin left for other states of Europe to work.
As reported, the passport of a citizen of Ukraine improved its position in the ranking of the most coveted passports, taking 91st place.
According to the rating, without a visa or with a simplified procedure owners of the Ukrainian passport can get into 114 countries. Ukraine is singled out among five states that have significantly improved their positions compared to last year. The top five countries included Luxembourg, Ireland, Switzerland, Portugal and Sweden. Russia was in 87th place, Belarus - 127, Moldova - 90, Georgia - 96. The US passport is in 35th place. The list is closed by Libya, Yemen, Eritrea, Iraq and Afghanistan.