Date of Degree


Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name



International Migration Studies


Victoria Sanford

Subject Categories

Christianity | European History | International Relations | Leadership Studies | Migration Studies | Political History | Political Theory | Politics and Social Change | Race and Ethnicity | Social Justice | Sociology of Culture | Sociology of Religion


Hungary, emigration, social problems, authoritarianism, education reform, press freedom, European Union


In the past 10 years Hungary has gone through some major systematic changes since the Orban administration took office. The implementations of the Orban government serve the benefits and power of his party and aim to limit the freedom of Hungarian citizens. Orban, throughout these changes, emphasizes the importance of preserving the Hungarian national identity, which he defines as far-right conservative christian values and takes control over everything that does not fit under this definition. This thesis argues that the Hungarian government is becoming increasingly dictatorial under the Orban administration which not only challenges the life of Hungarian citizens but also encourages many of them to leave and find a home outside of the borders of their home country.