The Roma in Hungary: Socio-economic Status, Human Rights Protection, and Migratory Dynamics
A roundtable discussion hosted by the CEU Center for Policy Studies, in cooperation with the Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Embassy of Canada in Budapest.
The roundtable discussion was held on September 19th and 20th. There was one half-day devoted to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Hungarian Government officials. The other day involved CIC, CEU, various inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, including representatives of the Roma community.
At this event, researchers, academics and representatives of Roma non-governmental organizations were invited to discuss the present day situation of the Roma population in Hungary. The three major focus areas were the following:
- socio-economic conditions of Roma as compared to the Hungarian population;
- protection of human rights in terms of legislative initiatives, and progress realized as a result of these legislative initiatives;
- migration trends.
Cross-cutting issues such as data protection and public opinion were addressed in all three sessions of the workshop.
The outcomes of the discussion for CIC were gaining a better understanding of the situation of Roma in Hungary just as well a successful identification and share of measures of progress that can inform CIC's visa-review process.