The Hungarian researchers involved in the Access to Citizenship and its Impact on Immigrant Integration (ACIT) project and roundtable hold a Birthday Party to celebrate the 20th Birthday of Hungary’s Citizenship Law.
The event included 120 participants from the academic and practitioner world. The results of the MPG joint ACIT project were widely distributed through the project’s Handbook for Hungary, available in English and in Hungarian.
In the last 20 years, more than 200,000 immigrants have been naturalised in Hungary. Since 2010, with the amendments to the Citizenship Act, another 400,000 people have become Hungarian citizens – most of them without leaving their place of residence abroad. What concepts of state and nation are reflected in the citizenship law, and in the process of naturalisation? Who are the new Hungarian citizens and what strata of the Hungarian society are they integrating into? What is the role of acquiring hungarian citizenship among ethnic Hungarian communities across the borders, and among immigrants in Hungary? Among others, these are the questions for which the conference organised by the Institute for Minority Studies of the Centre for Social Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences sought to answer.