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Last update: 28 November 2023

Youth Policy in Hungary

In 2009, the Parliament adopted the National Youth Strategy 2009-2024 with the parliament Decision No. 88/2009. The completion of the strategy received strong support from the government, and it was also built on a wide consensus between NGOs, experts and political parties. The Strategy as a core document determines the main directions of improvement through the implementation of specific action plans that take into account the continuous revision of the conditions. The strategy's structure is introduced in sub-chapter 1.3 National Youth Strategy.

In 2010 the government established top-level bodies by integrating formerly independent ministries. Youth policy was moved under the umbrella of the largest single body of the administration, the Ministry of Human Capacities. This ministry was terminated with the government formed in 2022, and since then, youth policy belongs to the Ministry for Culture and Innovation (Kulturális és Innovációs Minisztérium). In the ministry, the Deputy State Secretariat for Youth Affairs, under the State Secretary Responsible for Families, coordinates the Department of Youth Affairs and the Department of Talents, (For more information see sub-chapter 1.4 Youth Policy decision-making.)

The current youth policy framework programme of the government was published in 2012 entitled 'For the Future of the New Generation' The implementation of the framework programme is assigned to the Ministry for Culture and Innovation and is implemented through the services of the Elisabeth Youth Fund [(Erzsébet Ifjúsági Alap). (For more information see sub-chapter 1.3 National Youth Strategy).

The two most important umbrella youth organizations of Hungary are the National Youth Council (Nemzeti Ifjúsági Tanács), founded in 2012 acting as an institution for supporting young people and representing youth organizations of Hungary, as well as the Hungarian Youth Conference (established in 1999) – a forum of Hungarian youth and their organizations in Hungary and the neighbouring countries.

Ratio of young people in the total population on 1st January

Ratio of men and women in the youth population

Ratio of young immigrants in all immigrants from non-EU countries (2020)

Statistic references



Ratio (%) of young people in the total population (2017): Eurostat, yth_demo_020 [data extracted on 4/09/2018].

Absolute number of young people on 1 January for the age group 15-29 (2017): Eurostat, yth_demo_010 [data extracted on 4/09/2018].

Ratio (%) of men and women in the youth population (2017): Eurostat, yth_demo_020 [data extracted on 4/09/2018].

Young immigrants from non-EU countries (2016): Eurostat, yth_demo_070 [data extracted on 4/09/2018].