Methods for the analysis of factors influencing regional differences in the social integration of Roma in Hungary

In progress
Project manager:: Ágnes Tóth
Research period:: 2010-2015

Institue staff: Ágnes Bartl, Mátyás Lajtai, Orsolya Eszenyi, András Morauszki, Margit Feischmidt
External researchers: Zsuzsa Bögre, Pál Nagy


The research project is one of the Institute’s priority co-projects.

The key issues in current minority research are above all integration issues. That is to say, they are related to an analysis of the extent to which, in a given society, the situation of the national ethnic communities (as well as changes in their situation) correspond to, or differ from, developments in society as a whole.

In the first phase, we quantify the integrating role of the external factors by means of a social structural analysis, whereby complex indicators for the settlement are developed and the relationships between such indicators determined.

The research has multiple aims: first, to elaborate methods that enable a definition of how the external and internal effects of integration influence the significant regional differences in the social integration of Roma; second, in relation to 514 settlements/localities, we quantify the role of the external factors; and third, we are conducting qualitative research in 10-15 settlements/localities where, based on the various indicators, the effect of the internal factors on integration is significant.