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 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.

VIDEO: Bubble tea, kebab, Russian design

22. 2. 13
The video, created with the cooperation Center for Independent Journalism Budapest, offers an insight into the living and working of migrants in Hungary. Through the lenses of various businesses it shows how creative migrants had to be in making their living in new country.
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An overview of the migration policies and trends - Hungary

11. 2. 13 Ilona Móricz
Although the economic hardships have influenced recent migration trends in Hungary, it has remained a country of low intensity in and out migration. Hungary's population today is less than 10 million, and it is decreasing despite the somewhat positive migratory gain since the 1980s.

Work or no work, Hungary still lovable

One of many challenges the migrants in Hungary face is getting a permanent job. As a result and as a matter of putting food on the table, migrants are being indirectly inspired to be creative; to be independent. Especially third country nationals have taken destiny into their own hands.
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Dejan S. blog

17. 1. 13
I was happy to accept an invitation by the Center for Independent Journalism Budapest to write about my experiences as an immigrant in Hungary. I have chosen a few case studies describing the bureaucratic and legal obstacles and also to mention some problems foreigners sometimes face in Hungary. All given in good faith and with a hope that this feedback and an open debate would contribute to crea...
Work and residence permitsHungary

"Irregularities" in the Hungarian legislation on third-country nationals’ employment

The Hungarian law on third country nationals’ employment is overcomplicated, many times incoherent and instead of attracting immigrant workers to fill the labour force shortages, it restricts their regular employment possibilities and helps to maintain irregular forms of employment. This article will illustrate this statement by employment and labour inspectorate statistics coupled with examples f...
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