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A Decade of Membership: Hungarian Post-Accession Mobility to the United Kingdom

Moreh, Chris (2014) A Decade of Membership: Hungarian Post-Accession Mobility to the United Kingdom. Central and Eastern European Migration Review, 3 (2). pp. 79-104.

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Abstract

This paper examines Hungarian migration to the United Kingdom following EU accession. Migration
from Hungary has generally been low both before and after accession, but trends have recently started
to change. Based on the available statistical data, the paper explores the volume, key demographics
and geographical distribution of this migration, and shows how a combination of economic, political
and social factors is accountable for the migration of Hungarians to the United Kingdom. To give
a human face to the phenomenon, the paper also builds on narrative interviews collected during recent
ethnographic fieldwork in London, highlighting the role of economic decline, policy miscalculations,
language competence and the online migration industry in shaping the motivations, aims and
accommodation of migrants. The paper suggests that migration from Hungary may become more dominant
in the second decade of the country’s EU membership than it has been during the first ten years.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
School/Department: School of Psychological & Social Sciences
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/3013

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