Comparative European Politics

, Volume 12, Issue 6, pp 620–636 | Cite as

The migration myth in the absence of immigrants: How does the conservative right in Hungary and Turkey grapple with immigration?

  • Umut Korkut
Original Article


This article shows that the issue of immigration remains very central to understanding notions such as national identity and threats to homogeneity in Turkey and Hungary. Even in the absence of large-scale immigration, conservative socio-political leanings commonly prevail against immigration due to a general aversion of foreignness in societies. In presenting how two conservative right parties grapple with the self-inflicted problem of immigration, this article advocates that political parties usurp prevalent fears among their voters.


Turkey Hungary political conservatism migration political parties 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Umut Korkut
    • 1
  1. 1.Glasgow School for Business and Society, Glasgow Caledonian UniversityGlasgowUK

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