Fact Check: George Soros Was NOT Banned From Hungary

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  • by: Courtney Kealy
Fact Check: George Soros Was NOT Banned From Hungary No Soros Ban

Was George Soros banned from Hungary, his birth country? No, that's not true: According to a communications director at the Open Society Foundations, where George Soros is the founder and the chair, as of this writing he has not been banned from Hungary.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post with a video on August 3, 2022, under the title "Why George Soros Is Banned from His Home Country." It opened:

Why is George Soros BANNED from his home country? And why can't WE get rid of him? Jesse Kelly gets answers from Matt Palumbo!
'Actually, when he moved to America, his initial plan was to make $100 million and move back to Europe.'

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

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Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Mon Aug 9 16:42:59 2022 UTC)

Responding to a query from Lead Stories, Jonathan Kaplan, a communications officer at the Open Society Foundations, wrote in an email on August 8, 2022:

George Soros has not been banned from any country.

Soros, a hedge fund billionaire, endowed his organization with $18 billion to promote democracy and progressive causes around the world.

While Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is not too keen on Soros, Orban has not banned him. Orban's government tried to force out a university founded by Soros but the European Court of Justice ruled against this in 2020. Hungary also named a law banning help for asylum seekers the "Stop Soros" law in 2018, after Orban accused Soros of helping Muslim migrants.

Lead Stories has debunked many false claims about or involving George Soros that can be found here.

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  Courtney Kealy

Courtney Kealy is a writer and fact-checker at Lead Stories. A graduate of Columbia University’s School of Journalism, she specializes in national and foreign affairs with more than two decades experience in the Middle East. Her work has appeared on FOX News, AlJazeera America, ABC News, the New York Times, Marie Claire, Time and Newsweek.

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