Focus on Hungary: Refugees, Asylum and Migration

Focus on Hungary: Refugees, Asylum and Migration

14. Feb. 2016 by Edit ZgutAttila Juhász, Bulcsú Hunyadi
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung
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Place of Publication: Prague
Date of Publication: 2015
Number of Pages: 41

The authors of this study analyse the Hungarian Government’s rhetoric and policy measures with regard to refugee, asylum and migration issues. They describe the historical context, supply valuable data, and ask in what way the Government has influenced public discourse. The study shows how democratic opposition parties, the far-right, and civil society actors have responded to the Government’s anti-refugee policies. The authors also discuss the question how the so-called ‘refugee crisis’ has affected regional cooperation.

 

Table of contents:

Foreword
Summary
Disclaimer
Facts and trends
Migration trends:
The refugee crisis
Hungary’s unique position

The effect of the refugee crisis on political attitudes and preferences related to migration:
Public perception
Xenophobia
Policymaking
Party politics
The political system

Politics
Discursive framework
Short historical background
The refugee crisis:
Government
Opposition
NGOs
The far right
Migration and asylum in far-right Kremlin-friendly propaganda:
The relationship between pro-Kremlin propaganda and Hungarian political actors
Conspiracy theories

Policies
Institutional and legislative migration frameworks: An historical overview
Asylum policy
Asylum policy amendments in 2015
Discriminatory practices against asylum seekers

Regional outlook
The effect of the refugee crisis on the V4 countries
The dangers of isolationism

Bibliography

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