Dear Visitor!

Welcome to the website of the Migration Research Institute (MRI) which was founded by the Mathias Corvinus Collegium Foundation and the Századvég Foundation.

Migration is one of the biggest challenges of our time both in the developed and in the developing world. We experience that globalization has brought to the surface at least as many problems as it has solved. The long-term consequences of mass immigration are reshaping complete societies and affecting the fate of millions. For this reason, it is of key importance to get as clear a picture as possible of this phenomenon. We believe that the scientific community has a crutial role in mapping the drivers and social impacts of migration. Our institute was established in the autumn of 2015 with the undisguised purpose of researching and explaining immigration to Europe in a scientific and understandable way to an audience interested in the topic, however lacking academic background.

Migration is a diverse and complex phenomenon, therefore we attempt to cover all of its key aspects in our analyzes. We pay particular attention to the political, economic, security, cultural-religious and international legal aspects of migration with regard to Europe, the key countries of origin and the transit regions. The backgrounds of our researchers are accordingly highly diverse: Our institute has security policy experts, African and Turkish researchers, lawyers, political scientists and economists, who provide interpretation of immigration to Europe. We intend to make our analytical work more well-founded through field research: our staff regularly visit the key regions around our continent, and those European frontier countries and host countries which are most affected by mass immigration. Thus, we can supplement our academic work with authentic information and data. You can regularly encounter our analyzes and research in the most important Hungarian media. We also welcome honorable invitations to interpret migration-related news.

The MRI takes a realistic view of migration: while recognizing that legal migration can be mutually beneficial for host and sending countries and for migrants under certain circumstances, mass migration, either legal or illegal, carries a number of 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, furthermore, to help achieve sustainable development, to combat climate change and to resolve armed conflicts. We are convinced that the right course of action for the European Union is to follow this path.

I hope you will find our work valuable and useful.

Dr. Tamás Dezső

Director