Refugees and Migration in Hungary: Field Visits  


Instructor: Antal Örkény


Name, title: professor

Department: visiting lecturer (ELTE TáTK Ethnic and Minority Studies Department)

Central European University

Semester/term, year: 2019-2020, Spring term

Course level (MA, PhD): MA

2 Credits (4 ECTS Credits):

Course Description

The special short fieldtrips aim to provide an overview of professional experiences in a variety of civic organizations already active in the field of migration and refugee issues. The field visits give unique opportunities to see the mission and the work of

  • human rights organizations,

  • specialized service provider and aid organizations,

  • donor organizations to support public policies in different countries, to assure greater fairness in political, legal, economic systems, to safeguard fundamental rights, and to implement initiatives to advance justice, education, public health,

  • independent media, research institutes and thinktanks.

During the individual visits, we will meet professionals, experts, trainers and social workers and will learn about the institutions and the ongoing works in the different places. The main focuses of the talks are policy and human right issues, best practices in social service providing, social sensitization and tolerance building, and making expert analyzes. During the semester we are planning to visit six different institutions.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have an insight into the goals and functioning of various civic organizations working on the field of migration and refugee issues in Hungary. They will learn about human right advocacy, social assistance, political and legal expertise, and research activities connected to the field of migration. The field trips will help pupils to prepare for independent research work and give special research ideas and advice.

By the end of this course, students will:

  • learn about the mission of the civic organizations in modern liberal democratic societies

  • expand their knowledge on migration, migrant integration and refugee protection

  • getting to know different NGOs dealing advocacy, legal aid, tolerance building, service providing and multicultural network building

  • get an insight into the work of different types of civic society actors

  • find their way in different research methodology practices studying migration

  • be able to prepare their own research in the field of civic organizations, migration, human rights protection, social assistance.

Course Requirements

Participation in the study tours is mandatory. By the end of the six field visits students will have to write a research paper (including problem, project objectives, research methods, data analysis, summary and dissemination) about the role of civic organizations in the protection of human rights and the management of social conflicts based on their own personal academic interest in connection to the experiences coming from the visits to the different institutions. Deadline of the final papers is May 29th.

Assessment (100% of the final grade). Detailed description of the assignment specifying grading criteria – i.e. on what basis will be the grade/points for this assignment awarded.

  • Regular participation in the study tours 40%

  • Final paper 60%

Classes and Field Visits (3 hours each)

  1. Introductory class, April 16th, Thursday 5.00-6.00 PM

  2. Katalin E. Koncz, former executive director of Open Society Foundation, Péter Nizák, consultant to Open Society Initiative for Europe, April 17th, Friday 10AM-

  3. Artemisszió Intercultural Foundation, April 24rd, Friday 10AM-

  4. UNHCR Budapest, Regional Office, May 8th, Friday 10AM-

  5. Menedék - Hungarian Association for Migrants, May 15th, Friday, 10AM-

  6. TASZ Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, May 22nd Friday 10AM-

  7. The Hungarian Helsinki Committee, May 29th, Friday 10AM-

  8. Mini-conference: Individual presentation of the research paper: PPT, May 29th, Friday 14.00 PM-