The main focus of this section is migration within the European community, a topic that has been deemphasized by the refugee crisis. We would like to analyze the problem from the viewpoint of the Eastern and Central European countries which are mostly the sending ones. Beyond gaining insights about the current situation, involving its volume and trends and push and pull factors, we will deal with how research is done in that particular topic through analyzing cases. Moreover, we will touch upon the moral aspects and potential policies as well.

Section teachers

Ágnes Hárs
Tárki Research Institute



Attila Melegh 
Central Statistical Office (Hungary)
Corvinus University of Budapest
Curriculum vitae


Zoltán Miklósi

Central European University
Rajk László College for Advanced Studies


Béla Soltész

Doctoral School of International Relations
Corvinus University of Budapest

Section organizers

Beáta Berkovics

Corvinus University of Budapest
+36 30 937 3224


Benedek Tóth

Corvinus University of Budapest
+36 30 395 5916


Section topics

Day 1

Session 1-2: Introduction – Attila Melegh

Since mass migration is a complex phenomenon we need to have a very complex view on migration and we need to combine various approaches and methodologies. Therefore during the introduction we will briefly discuss, macro and micro neoclassical theories, world-system theory, social capital theory of migration and how we can analyze the identities and perspectives of migrants. We will talk about the role of changes in the global economy, its division of labor, global economic policy, the role of foreign direct investment, historical migratory links and how migrants maneuver among these structural conditions.

Session 3-4: Migration and Labour Markets – Ágnes Hárs

Day 2

Session 1: Research Methods and Topics

Different research methods such as the traditional questionnaire or the novel big data analysis will be compared based on research experiences and case studies.

Session 2-3: Migration and Labour Markets Case Studies

Session 4: Legal Aspects of Migration

This session has a very different viewpoint from the economic one. Here we will discuss migration and migration policies as lawyers perceive it.

Day 3

Session 1-2: Moral Aspects of Migration Policy – Zoltán Miklósi

Day 4

Session 1-3: Economics of Migration & Migration Policy – Martin Kahanec (to be decided)

This part would consist of two lectures and one seminar. During the lectures we would discuss the demography of the migrants, the economic affects on sending and receiving countries, migration policies, how we can improve mobility within Europe and how we could benefit from it. Then during the seminar students should discuss policy proposals in groups based on the case of their home country, and should work out how would solve the problems.

Session 4: Concluding Q&A Session

More detailed syllabus is coming soon.


Requirements & Application

If you would like to apply to our section please submit your academic cv, a maximim 5 slides long presentation of the migration situation of your home country and the existing policy practices, and a short blog post (500-1000 words) concerned about any aspect of the phenomenon of migration that you are interested in.