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Hungary, 20th-century migration

Migration A–Z


  1. Tadeusz Kopyś

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm280

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

How to Cite

Kopyś, T. 2013. Hungary, 20th-century migration. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013


Magyar tribes reached Europe from Asia after several centuries of migration, arriving in the Carpathian region at the end of the 9th century. The tumultuous political history of Hungary resulted in numerous demographic and social changes. In feudal times, migration in the region either assumed a political character (political or religious repressions) or was associated with acts of colonialism undertaken to develop war-torn regions of the territory. By way of example, for centuries Germanic people migrated to Hungary and colonized the region, a pattern that lasted from the medieval era to the 18th century. The last dominant Germanic migration to Hungary followed the European revolutions of 1848 (Wolff 2000).


  • empire;
  • war;
  • diaspora;
  • class;
  • imperialism;
  • transnationalism;
  • cultural diversity