About the Workshop
The four Visegrad countries (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) have to face with substantial changes in their neighbourhood and immigration policies after their accession to the European Union in 2004. The gradual implementation of the Schengen Treaty evoked different legal solutions for keeping easy relations with neighbouring states till in conformity with EU requirements. The introduction of different forms of visa, the adoption of compensatory measures, the improvement of consular services or the alleviation of visa-issuing conditions are all options which in one way or another surface in the new regulations adopted in the V4 states. The objective of our workshop is to get a clear picture and exchange experience about existing practices and potential joint efforts of the V4 countries on their visa, citizenship, and diaspora policies. The workshop will be held in September 2006 in Budapest, organized by the Research Institute of Ethnic and National Minorities of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
The final goal is to prepare and publish relevant documents and comprehensive studies on the status and experience of visa, immigration and citizenship policies in each Visegrad country. We intend to make a modest contribution to providing ideas and up-to date information to decision-makers, researchers and university scholars. The results of the workshop will be published on the present site, please return to check for updates.