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Mapping European attitudes towards migration before and after the migration crisis

Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Dear All,

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the first MiRG meeting of the fall semester

We are delighted to have Vera Messing and Bence Ságvári present their report:

“Still divided but more open

Mapping European attitudes towards migration before and after the migration crisis”

On October 9that 5:30pm 

Central European University Nador 11 Building room 004*

About the report: 

We are experiencing a tectonic shift in terms of growing populism and xenophobic political and public discourse in Europe and its wider environment. According to a recent study ”the number of Europeans voting for populist parties in national elections has surged from 7% to 25%” since 1998. Fear of migration is embedded in the above process; 

its narratives may be understood as a crystallization of wider uncertainties within populations. 

This report aims to contribute to the discussion with fresh empirical evidence and interpretations. Based on data from the European Social Survey (ESS) the analysis explores cross-national differences in perceptions of migration and discovers factors that may lie behind the immense differences in the acceptance versus rejection of migrants across European countries. The report is a continuation of our previous study, published in March 2018 and entitled ’Looking behind the culture of fear. Cross-National Analysis of Attitudes towards Migration in Europe’. 

About the authors:

Vera Messinghas been a research fellow at the Center for Policy Studies since 2008 as well as a senior research associate at the Institute of Sociology at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences since 2004. She earned her PhD in Budapest, Corvinus University in 2000. She has over 15 years of experience in empirical research on ethnicity, minorities, migration, social exclusion, media representation of vulnerable groups and ethnic conflicts. Her work focuses on the comparative understanding of different forms and intersections of social inequalities and ethnicity and their consequences. She is specifically interested in policy and civil responses to ethnic diversity in the field of education and labour market. The main focus of her research has been the employment and education of minorities in Europe, migration and migrant inclusion. 

Bence Ságvári  is a Hungarian sociologist and data scientist. He is a senior research fellow at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre for Social Sciences (HAS CSS). From 2011, he has been the Hungarian national coordinator for the European Social Survey (ESS), one of the largest cross-national comparative social surveys in the world. In 2014/15, he was visiting professor at Indiana University, Bloomington (USA). His work includes research on social values and attitudes; survey methodology; social network analysis; and Big Data.

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Taraf Abu Hamdan 

Migration Research Group (MiRG)

Central European University

Nádor utca 9 | Budapest, 1051 Hungary