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The Erosion of the Hungarian Linguistic Presence in Canada - Nandor Dreisziger

Hungarians in Canada - 2001 Census

Canada’s Hungarians as Reflected in the 2006 Census

Canada’s 2006 Census: A portrait of the foreign-born population

Book Review of Leslie László's Church and State in Hungary, 1919-1945

Dr Emoke Szathmary on Hungarians in Manitoba

Our Home in Montreal - George Pandi

How to be a Landed Immigrant - Magda Zalan

Hungarica Canadiana -A Summary of Archival Sources - John Miska

The Hungarian Exodus Exhibit

How 'the 56ers' changed Canada

Migration of Hungarian Roma to Canada and Back - Paul St.Clair

Revolution Revisited - Events of the 1956 Revolution -
Judy Stoffman


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Montreal Hungarian community unveils WWI internment plaque


August 22nd 2014


Christopher Adam


On August 22nd, 2014, one hundred plaques commemorating the one hundredth anniversary of the internment of Eastern Europeans by Canadian authorities between 1914 and 1920 were unveiled in communities across the country. Our Lady of Hungary Parish in Montreal unveiled one such plaque, remembering the victims of wartime xenophobia, some of whom were of Hungarian origin.


Internment Plaque in Montreal


Among those present were Fr. Szabolcs Licskó, pastor at Our Lady of Hungary Parish, Gyula Szentmihályi, Hungary's honorary consul in Montreal, Tibor Kelemen, chair of the Hungarian Committee of Montreal, Júlia Ciamarra, Parish Council chair and historian Christopher Adam, an adviser for the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund and member of its Endowment Council between 2008 and 2012. Read more...





Arrogance or Bias?


A conversation with Andrew Griffith, Canada’s former Director General of Multiculturalism and author of the recently published Policy Arrogance or Innocent Bias.


December 1st, 2013


Kevin Burns


"Canada welcomed thousands of refugees from Communist oppression, including about 37,000 who escaped Soviet tyranny in Hungary in 1956. With the Communist victory in the Vietnam War in 1975, many Vietnamese fled, including over 50,000 who sought refuge in Canada.

The idea of multiculturalism, as a result of 19th- and 20th-century immigration, gained a new impetus."

From Discover Canada – The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship, Canada’s official citizenship study guide.

Andrew GriffithIn 2007, Andrew Griffith was named Director General of Multiculturalism and began working with Minister Jason Kenney, a position he held for four years. Griffith looks back on that experience in his book, Policy Arrogance or Innocent Bias, his analytical case study of the complex working dynamic between public servants and politicians. He experienced the tumultuous transition during the shift from a Liberal to a Conservative federal government and shows how existing programs and new policies challenge the way public servants and politicians go about doing their work.




New Canadian publication on 1956


September 19th, 2010


conference book coverThe proceedings of the international conference which took place at the University of Ottawa in October 2006 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution have been published by the University of Ottawa Press. The conference was part of a series of activities in the fall of 2006 including concerts, films, exhibitions, and other commemorations undertaken in collaboration between national cultural agencies, universities, and community organizations. The Canada-Hungary Educational Foundation (set up in 2005 to create awareness for this anniversary and Canada’s generous response to the refugee exodus) participated in a number of these activities as reflected on many pages of this website, which was itself a 50th anniversary project. We are pleased to publish here a review by Ottawa writer and former CBC journalist Kevin Burns of this new collection of essays. Read the review...


The 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Hungarian and Canadian Perspectives was officially launched at the University of Ottawa on November 2nd 2010.





A Brief History of Hungarians in Canada


Hungarian Settlers

Hungarians have lived in Canada for over 120 years. The first Hungarian immigrants were farmers and most of them came to Canada during the 1880s and 1890s from the United States. The majority settled in what today is the Province of Saskatchewan and formed a number of small communities, including Békevár, Kaposvár, Esterházy and Otthon. Paul Oscar Esterházy (born Johannes Packh) played a key role in encouraging the first Hungarians to immigrate to Canada.        Read more...


Canada's Hungarian Communities a Century Ago


Nándor Dreisziger


See Professor Dreisziger’s biography here


1905 was an important year in the evolution of Canada. It was in that year that the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan came into being; they were carved out from the Northwest Territories that had been administered until then from Ottawa. Although there had not been a similarly dramatic event in the history of Canada's Hungarian community that year, we can say that 1905, or at least the middle of the first decade of the twentieth century, also saw important developments in the evolution of this country's Magyar ethnic group. This article will describe the state of Canada's, more precisely of the Canadian West's Hungarian colonies a century ago.        Read more...





Address to the Commemoration in Winnipeg of the 50th Anniversary of the Hungarian Uprising: 22 October 2006


In October 2006 the Hungarian Canadian Cultural Society of Winnipeg organized an event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution and the arrival of a large number of Hungarian refugees to Winnipeg. At this event Dr Emőke Szathmáry, Anthropologist, geneticist;
President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Manitoba 1996-2008 gave a keynote address about the history of Hungarians in the Province of Manitoba. In this address she notes that the first Hungarian settlement in Canada (in 1885, a couple of years earlier than the ones usually cited as the first in Saskatchewan) was near Neepawa in what was then called Hungarian Valley and later became known as Hun's Valley – which became its official name in 1977 and is still listed as such in Geographical Names of Manitoba (2000, University of Manitoba Press).



We are grateful to Dr Szathmáry for giving us permission to publish her speech here.





The Erosion of the Hungarian
Linguistic Presence in Canada, 1991-2001


Nándor Dreisziger

Hungarians have been arriving in Canada in substantial numbers since the end of the nineteenth century and their numbers have climbed in Canadian census figures throughout most of the twentieth. These figures — whether identified as "Canadian residents born in Hungary," or "Canadians of Hungarian descent," or "Canadians with Magyar as their mo­ther‑tongue," or "Canadians speaking Hungarian in the home" — have tended to grow,       Read more...





Hungarians in the Canadian West


Nandor Dreisziger


ABSTRACT. Although Hungarians have been active in the settlement and development of the Canadian West since the closing years of the nineteenth century scholarly research on them did not really begin until the early 1970s.  Since that time a number of academics have done work on this subject and have published the results of their findings in articles and books. This study surveys the state of scholarly investigation of the Hungarian Community of the Canadian West, explores some of the themes voiced by researchers, and comments on the need for further scholarly work in this field.



To read article in pdf format click here.



The Sopron Chronicle


click to see largerThis section of our web site deals with an interesting aspect of the whole Hungarian refugee movement to Canada. The students, staff and family members of the Sopron School of Forestry in Hungary were forced to flee their homeland in 1957 when the anti-Soviet Revolution failed.      Read more...



The Hungarian Refugee Student Movement of 1956-57 and Canada


Canadian Ethnic Studies/études ethniques au Canada. 30, No. I (1998): 19-49.

Peter I. Hidas

A country's brain drain usually benefits other countries. Such was Hungary's case in 1956. According to a contemporary report based on police records over 3,200 university and college students, 11.2% of the total, left Hungary permanently as a direct consequence of the Hungarian revolution of 1956. Read more...


Hungarica Canadiana


A Summary of Archival Sources

John Miska

The material known as Hungarica Canadiana goes back to the 1880s, when a group of Hungarians in Pennsylvania, U.S.A., had expressed interest in relocating to Canada and settling in the Canadian prairies. The first documents, mainly Parliamentary Cabinet discussions, and extensive correspondence between the Canadian Government and Paul O. Esterházy, a settlement agent in New York, are housed in the National Archives of Canada.          Read more...




Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek


We received the following items from Steven and are happy to put them up on our site. Steven is a (Hungarian and Austrian)-Canadian who has published much in the area of comparative literature and cultural studies and has taught both in Canada and a number of countries around the world, see his curriculum vitae at


We are only listing his publications of relevance to Canadian Hungarians here. Read more...



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