Perspectives on Migration and Refugees in East Central Europe
The new issue of the Hungarian Historical Review - guest edited by Ulf Brunnbauer, co-speaker of the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, and Gabor Demeter, researcher at the Institute of History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, - deals with migration and public perception of refugees in East Central Europe. It includes an article by Ph.D. candidate Ana-Teodora Kurkina.
In his introduction, Brunnbauer points out that "public and political attitudes towards migration are closely tied to deep-seated anxieties, including fears of loss, alienation, domination, and marginalization, and these fears can be easily exploited by populist politicians. […] The articles in this issue […] make clear that the current hysteria about migration is misplaced: first, because migration has been a fact of life for centuries and second, because societies prove remarkably successful in the integration of newcomers in the long term. Migration is one of the driving forces of cultural innovation, and more often than not, its economic benefits outweigh its costs."
One article has been written by Ana-Teodora Kurkina, a doctoral candidate of the Graduate School in Regensburg. Kurkina's contribution deals with "Mobile Elites: Bulgarian Emigrants in the Middle of the Nineteenth Century and the Accommodation of Difference in the Balkans".