A specialised website of the Multicultural Centre Prague for critical discussion about migration in Central and Eastern Europe. It maps migration reality, research and policy, offers a range of articles, interviews and reports and promotes debate among experts, public administrators, NGOs and the wider public.

Migration in Central and Eastern Europe

Země střední a východní Evropy - migrace

Hungary

Hungary is a country with low migration intensity. Despite the economic hardships and relatively strict policy of foreign employment, long-term migration has slowly, but steadily increasing in recent years. The share of foreign citizens on total population has doubled to 2.1 % in the past decade. According to Eurostat, the number of foreign citizens exceeded 200 000 in 2011. It is estimated that up to 40 % of these are ethnic Hungarians from neighbouring countries. At the same time, the number of issued work permits in Hungary has dropped, while the number of Hungarians leaving to work abroad has increased in recent years. The amended citizenship law, which introduced a preferential naturalisation procedure for persons of Hungarian descent, caused a sharp surge in the number of naturalized Hungarians in 2011. Hungary still has no overall policy document on migration policy and integration of migrants.

"The Hungarian fortress" in the family reunification procedure

Hungarian law, especially the practice and procedure of family reunification, is highly bureaucratic, can be delayed for years and, instead of showing a strong commitment towards the integration of third-country nationals, the state often denies new entry for foreign family members of third-country nationals. The Hungarian policy also favors “cherry-picking,” offering preference (if at all) only t...
Family reunification Hungary

Reunion at All Costs

22. 5. 13
This video is an edited recording of the interviews with migrant family members during the month of April 2013 by the Center for Independent Journalism called “Reunion at All Costs".
Family reunification Hungary

Legal and functional context of family reunification in Hungary

In this paper the possibilities of family reunion of third-country nationals and EEA or Hungarian nationals with their third-country national family members is investigated. After a summary of the national (and European level) regulation, the question of potential abuses of international protection of beneficiaries’ access to family reunification will be presented, as well as some shortcomings.
Family reunification Hungary

PUBLIC DEBATE: Residence and employment of third country nationals in Hungary - changing regulation

10. 4. 13
This video is an edited record of the roundtable discussion organized on 28 March 2013 by the Center for Independent Journalism called “Residence and employment of third country nationals in Hungary - changing regulation”. The seminar focused on the migration with the purpose of employment, the existing legal framework and changing legislation in Hungary and also the irregular forms of employment ...
Work and residence permits Labour MigrationHungary

No work permit, no protection – legal guarantees for migrant workers in Hungary

What legal guarantees are provided for migrant workers in Hungary? When taking this question into consideration, attention is needed to be paid to the rights of both documented and undocumented migrant workers. Our findings show that as a consequence of Hungary’s nationalising employment policies, which despite its economic nonsense primarily aim to protect the Hungarian labour market from foreign...
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