The Hungarian National Community in Slovenia and the Covid-19 Epidemic - Treatises and Documents, Journal of Ethnic Studies

Issue 85

The Hungarian National Community in Slovenia and the Covid-19 Epidemic

Author: Attila Kovács, László Göncz

Keywords: Covid-19 and ethnic minorities, Hungarian national community in Slovenia, Hungarian Self-Governing National Community of Pomurje, Institute for Hungarian Nationality Culture, Népújság, Hungarian radio of Pomurje, TV studio Lendava, bilingual schools in Prekmurje

Summary: Based on interviews and newspaper and internet sources, the study explores the impact of Covid-19 and the related measures on the life of the Hungarian national community in Slovenia during the first wave of the epidemic, i.e. from 12 March to 31 May 2020. Members of the Hungarian national community and their respective institutions, as well as all residents of the border area, were directly affected mainly by border closure, since following the democratic processes after the 1990s, and especially after accession to the European Union, life in the border zone had changed in both qualitative and quantitative terms. In the last decade, residents of the border area on both sides of the border have been integrated in the economic, transport, educational, cultural and sports life of the neighbouring country, their homeland.