Welcome to the Migration Research Institute (MRI), established by the Mathias Corvinus Collegium Foundation and the Századvég Foundation.
Migration poses a challenge to countries in the developed and the developing world. We find that globalization has brought at least as many problems to the surface as it has solved. The longstanding consequences of mass immigration redraw the profile of entire societies and affect the fate of millions. It is critical to get a complete picture of the phenomenon.
We believe that the scientific community plays a crucial role in analyzing migration’s drivers and social impacts. Our institute – established in the autumn of 2015 – works with the undisguised purpose of researching and explaining immigration to Europe scientifically and understandably to an audience interested in the issue while lacking academic background.
Migration is a diverse and complex phenomenon, so we attempt to cover all of its key aspects in our analysis. We pay particular attention to the political, economic, security, cultural-religious and international legal aspects of illegal migration concerning Europe, the key countries of origin, and the transit regions. Our team has security policy experts, Africanists and Turkologists, lawyers, and political scientists.
We intend to make our analytical work more grounded via field research, so our staff regularly visit the vital origin, transit, and destination countries. Thus, we can supplement our academic work with authentic information and data. You can find our analyzes and research projects in the Hungarian media. We humbly accept invitations to interpret news related to migration.
The MRI takes a realistic view of migration: while recognizing that legal migration can be mutually beneficial for host and sending countries and migrants under certain circumstances, mass migration, either legal or illegal, carries several risks for the parties involved. It is the shared responsibility of the developed and developing world to strengthen the resilience of regions affected by emigration, to help achieve sustainable development, combat climate change, and resolve armed conflicts. We believe that the European Union should follow this path.
I hope you will find our work valuable and helpful.
Dr. Tamás Dezső