The multidimensional character of migration makes it a crosscutting issue with many related fields, including the prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities. Humans have long migrated for numerous reasons – poverty, famine, natural disasters, the lack of economic possibilities – they have also migrated to escape persecution and violent environments.
There is a tendency to place migrants and refugees in objective categories, making them even more vulnerable in respect to the majority population. They are sometimes regarded with fear and hostility by citizens of the hosting countries, leading to exclusion, social marginalization and polarization. These attitudes can feed extremism and radicalization.
If these trends are not addressed adequately, there could be dramatic results both in the short and long terms. In such cases, an extensive application of the Responsibility to Protect principle is clearly needed to safeguard real people – not just numbers and statistics – who have fled mass violence in order to seek a more secure life in another country.
Through its focus on preventing violence and promoting dialogue, the Budapest Centre commits considerable efforts in the field of migration: conducting research, designing and implementing projects as well as assisting States in shaping policies that aim to facilitate the effective integration of migrants and refugees.
Read or Position Paper on the European Migration Scenario HERE
Interview to our Chair Gyorgy Tatar by EuroNews 09 February 2016 HERE