MIGWELL: Well-being and Migration: The Hungary-Austria Migration Nexus

Objectives and research questions

The MIGWELL project focuses on the nexus of migration and well-being in Hungary and Austria. Using quantitative and qualitative research methods, it seeks to explore the impacts of migration on subjective well-being in the case of Hungarian immigrants in Austria as well as the effects of subjective well-being differences on the emigration potential in Hungary. The approach of this project is innovative not only because it links the concepts of ‘well-being’ and ‘migration’, but also because it interprets their two-way causal relationship within one research framework.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic might have a profound impact on both pillars, MIGWELL will also reflect on the rapidly changing socio-economic and well-being related issues that have emerged due to the epidemic throughout the life cycle of the project. The theoretical expansion of these concepts and the empirical findings of the project may contribute to more effective policies in both countries. Such a complex project requires a holistic perspective, thus the experts involved cover a broad range of disciplines. Two research teams from the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Vienna) and Corvinus University (Budapest) will run the project in cooperation with the University of Vienna.



MIGWELL is an FWF–NKFIH International Joint Project. In Austria the project is funded by the Austrian Science Fund. In Hungary the project has been implemented with the support provided by the National Research, Development and Innovation Fund (Ministry of Innovation and Technology of Hungary), financed under the ANN funding scheme. 

Project code  I 5616 (in Austria), 139465 (in Hungary)

Deliverable 1.1, WP1 Project Report

"Conceptual Framework for the Study of the Subjective Well-being–Migration nexus"

Deliverable 2.1, WP2 Project Report

"International Migration Patterns in and between Hungary and Austria"


Project partner

Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary

  • Prof. György Lengyel
  • Dr. Borbála Göncz
  • Dr. Lilla Tóth

University of Vienna, Austria

Scientific Advisory Board

  • Prof. Christoph Reinprecht (University of Vienna)
  • Dr. Attila Melegh (Hungarian Demographic Research Institute)
  • Dr. Zsolt Németh (Hungarian Central Statistical Office)

Research period

01.02.2022 -  31.07.2025
in Austria

01.12.2021 – 31.05.2025
in Hungary


This project has received funding from the Austrian Science Fund and the National Research, Development and Innovation Office in Hungary (FWF – NKFIH Joint Project)