Jour Fixe 110 | Zsuzsanna Árendás - Agnieszka Trąbka: Young migrant agencies in hostile socio-political environments: case studies from Central-Eastern Europe

   2023. február 2. - 2023. február 2.

A Társadalomtudományi Kutatóközpont (MTA Kiváló Kutatóhely) 

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Zsuzsanna Árendás - Agnieszka Trąbka: Young migrant agencies in hostile socio-political environments: case studies from Central-Eastern Europe  


Előadó: Árendás Zsuzsanna (TK SZI), Agnieszka Trąbka (SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Jagiellonian University)

Szerzők: Árendás, Zsuzsanna*, Messing, Vera*, Pietrusińska, Marta Jadwiga**, Trąbka, Agnieszka***, Winogrodzka, Dominika****

*Democracy Institute, Central European University & Centre for Social Sciences, Hungary.

**SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Warsaw.

***SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Jagiellonian University.

**** SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities

Hozzászolók: Simonovits Borbála (ELTE Pedagógiai és Pszichológiai Kar), Vidra Zsuzsanna (TK SZI) 

Időpont: 2023. február 2. csütörtök 13:00 

Helyszín: Az eseményt hibrid formában tartjuk meg.

Személyesen: Közép-Európai Egyetem (Central European University) 1051 Budapest, Nádor utca 15., 2. emelet 203-as terem

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Meeting ID: 964 1723 5913

Passcode: 915907


This paper compares the integration of third-country youth in Poland and Hungary, in two contexts of Central Eastern Europe characterised by a hostile socio-political environment for migrants, by right-wing policies, illiberalism and regression in various related policy areas. Our article is based on a three-year EU-funded research project investigating the integration of migrant youth in precarious circumstances (MIMY). It uses data from qualitative interviews conducted with migrant youth, and thus focuses on the migrant's perspective while exploring how coping and navigating such hostile environments occurs. The analysis is based on the concept of migrant agencies in extremely difficult and complex socio-political situations. Our findings highlight the particular importance of migrant agency in these hostile environments, arguing that while the withdrawal of the state from integration has brought difficult contexts for young migrants, they exhibit different forms of agencies and resiliences that adapt to the remaining opportunity structures. While these agencies are important and real, the structural constraints imposed by hostile states' anti-immigration and anti-integration attitudes seriously limit migrants' options for coping in everyday life.

Key words: Migrant agencies, hostile socio-political environments, embedding processes, coping

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