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Some sociological and sociopsychological characteristics of refugees in Hungary

Institute for social research in Zagreb
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  • Psychology


The author reports on the first results of his investigation into the social and psychological characteristics of refugees from Croatia and Vojvodina in Hungary: on differences in the way refugees of a higher and lower social status are accommodated (those with a higher status and of urban origin more often found accommodation in private homes and summer resorts, others were more often placed in refugee camps), their age and sexual structure (women predominate, especially among refugees of the lower social status), some characteristics of refugee camps, widespread neurotic reactions among refugees (frequent among all, but most frequent among women placed in private homes), their conviction of their imminent return home (refugees from eastern Slavonia and Vojvodina believe this less than others) and the ethnic distance Croatian and Hungarian refugees feel towards Hungarians of Hungary and towards Serbs.

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