Budapest conference on refugee “crisis”

Experts from 11 countries discussed 
nationalism and xenophobia in 
Budapest in the context of refugee "crisis".

Sixty experts, scholars, students and professionals from 11 countries 
mostly from Central and Eastern Europe gathered in Budapest on 3 and 4 
November to address effects of the "refugee crisis" on the radical and desewffy
mainstream politics, recent trends of public attitudes to refugees in 
the region and civil and grassroots responses to the rise of radical 
nationalism in Central European countries. The event was organised by 
the Foundation of Subjective Values from Budapest in frame of the 
project called /"Debating New Phenomena of Refugee Migration in Central 
Europe"/ (DRM), which is a Central European initiative coordinated by 
OPU - Organisation for Aid to Refugees. Some of the most worrying trends 
discussed in the conference included the unwillingness to prosecute and 
sanction hate crime and hate speech, xenophobia and Islamphobia 
frequently expressed and exploited by politicians as well as attacks on 
Muslim and other minorities in our countries well manifested in the "Map 
of anti-migrant violence, hatred and sentiment in Europe" presented by 
ENAR.  On the other hand, the experts presented a number of examples of 
good projects and campaigns to address the growing nationalism in 
Central Europe. The next international conference under the DRM Central 
Europe project will take a look at the role of media, journalists and 
propaganda and will take place in Prague on 26 and 27 January 2017.