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14. 11. 05
Maryellen Fullerton, Endre Sik, Judit Toth

From Improvisation toward Awareness? Contemporary Migration Politics in Hungary

The issues that have been covered in this book are based upon increasing the awareness of the actors in the political field who deal with migration (and refugee) issues in a broader perspective.

An overview of the current migration issues in Hungary are provided in this book as well as the continuous debate on the assumed importance of accession to the European Union.

In part I of the book, Juhász focuses on statistical data and provides up-to-date information on migration and refugee issues in contemporary Hungary. Juhász also gives a general overview of the role of the state. The three papers that follow introduce the main characteristics and/or the major activities of the non-state actors in the field. Labreveux describes a UNHCR project that would support self sufficiency among refugees; Szabó discusses in general the NGOs; and Nyíri outlines the development of a unique self-help group among Chinese immigrants in Hungary. Hárs in her paper sees the labour market as an important actor in this field and she carefully analyses the influence on migration politics on the labour market and vice-versa.

In part II of the book, the focus is on debates that concern preparation for and accession to the EU. Jungbert describes the current migration situation in Hungary from the view point of the associated countries in general and the issues they must consider and solve while heading towards Europe.

Part III of the book consists of a collection of papers debating various political aspects of the migration and refugee situation in contemporary Hungary. Fullerton´s paper on the impact of ethnic Hungarian refugees on the refugee policy was widely debated and the arguments presented provide an important reminder that there are often ethnic components to the migration process.

The short papers that follow were presented at a conference on migration and politics that provided a concise overview of the opinions of Hungarian experts on this topic as well as those who had published material on migration and politics. As this conference brought together scholars from various disciplines as well as government policy makers, a variety of perspectives on migration and refugees has been included.

Table of Contents

Part I Migration and the Actors in Migration Politics
Juhász, Judit: The Statistical Characteristics of Migration
Labreveux, Philippe: Self-Sufficiency Through Self-Employment
Szabó, Máté: From “Catacomb” to "Civic" Activism : Transformation of Civil Right Movements in Hungary after 1989
Nyíri, Pál: Organisation and Integration in a New Overseas Chinese Community – Hungary, 1989–1997
Hárs, Ágnes: The Labour Market and Migration in Hungary
Part II Towards the European Union
Jungbert, Béla: The Management and Regulation of Refugee Affairs in Hungary in View of Accession to the European Union
Nagy, Boldizsár: The Acquis of the European Union Concerning Refugeesand the Law in the Associated States
Part III Debates on Migration Politics
Fullerton, Maryellen: Hungary, Refugees, and the Law of Return
Jungbert, Béla: Comments on M. Fullerton’s Study
Fullerton, Maryellen: A Rejoinder
Világosi, Gábor: A Politician’s Reflections on Hungary’s Migration Policy
Nagy, Boldizsár: Can the Hungarian Migration Policy Be Moral?
Tóth, Judit: Choices Offered by the Migration Policy Menu
Tóth, Pál Péter: What Should Hungarian Migration Politics Look Like?
Szabó, Ferenc A.: Subsidiarity and Immigration Policy
Lévai, Imre: Global Migration in the World System
Appendix 1 Register of Non-governmental Organisations for Refugees

Appendix 2 The Annotated Bibliography of the Yearbooks of the Research Groupon International Migration


Published with the kind permission from Prof. Endre Sik

14. 11. 05

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