András KOVÁTS, director
Menedék – Hungarian Association for Migrants.
András Kováts is a migration expert and the operative director of the Budapest based NGO Menedék. Menedék – Hungarian Association for Migrants is involved in promoting the social integration of foreign citizens migrating into Hungary, as well as Hungarian and other citizens emigrating from here.
Furthermore, he is an Assistant Research Fellow at the Institute of Minority Studies of the Centre for Social Sciences. His research topics are: International migration and asylum, immigration and social integration and migration and asylum policies. Recently he has been researching the formulation of the new Hungarian diaspora in the UK.
Mr. Kováts obtained degrees in special education and in social policy at ELTE University, Budapest. He regularly teaches on international migration and immigrant integration at various higher education and other training courses.
Menedék – Hungarian Association for Migrants was established in January 1995 as a civil initiative. Its aim is to represent international migrants (asylum seekers, refugees, immigrants, and other foreigners in Hungary) towards the majority society, and promote the social, and cultural integration of those refugees and migrants who are planning to stay in Hungary by means of targeted programmes and projects.