Safety in Hungary

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Expats moving to Hungary need not be concerned about safety issues. Hungary has a relatively low crime rate. Instances of petty crimes such as theft, pick-pocketing and tourist scams do occur, especially in the larger cities and touristy areas such as Budapest, but these are the exception rather than the rule.

However, expats moving to Hungary are advised to stay clear of large demonstrations, particularly those politically oriented, as violence has been known to flare up during these events.

Expats should be particularly wary of demonstrations or activities involving the Magyar Garda Foundation, sometimes known as the Hungarian Guard Movement, which is a radical nationalist movement professing intolerance towards the Roma, Jews and homosexuals. 

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