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  Ethno-demographic processes regarding national minorities in Romania

The major topics of demographic analysis are:

1.      Natural evolution of minority population
2.      Migration
3.      Identity, ethnic exogamy, assimilation/dissimilation 


Post-socialist Romania organized three censuses: in 1992, 2002 and 2011, respectively. All of them have disclosed unfavorable demographic trends regarding the total population of Romania and the population of national minorities in particular. Given this context, the interest of minority elites regarding demographic tendencies in national minority populations is understandable.

Firstly, we intend to paint the ethno-demographic portrait of national minorities in Romania. The research conducted in this area starts from the data provided by the National Institute of Statistics (NIS) due to a partnership protocol signed by our institute and NIS. Secondly, RIRNM conducted (independently or in cooperation with other institutes) several surveys addressing demographic issues.

Ethnic categorization represents one of the processes we inquire. This is because there are different regimes of representation regarding the ethno-cultural differences in official statistics. Race is more important in some states (for example U.S.A, Brazil) while in others mother tongue is invested with utmost relevance (for example, Finland, Quebec). Romania uses nationality (or ethnicity, more recently) for representing ethno-cultural difference. This category is used in other Eastern European countries too, and denotes cultural and national belonging based on self-identification. Minority elites use the same type of ethnic categorization in their self-definition. Hence, the institute undertakes the comparative analysis of these regimes of categorization.

The more specific  research question in the filed of demography is whether we can define minorities as demographic "realities" or entities? The question is strictly bound to the methodology of demography as a discipline. The classical methodology has been created for the description of the demographic evolution of a geographically bounded population. On regional or national level entry values (births, number of immigrants) and exit values (deaths, emigration) are clear, well-defined. However, in the case of ethnic minorities who live next to majority population the boundaries of these entities are more fluid. Therefore, beside migration and natural evolution, the demographic analysis of minority population includes population flows across ethnic boundaries too. In other words, the reproduction of minority population is partially a problem of demography, yet its demographic future is also determined by its capacity of ethno-cultural reproduction. 


Publications in the field

Kiss, Tamás - Barna, Gergő: Népszámlálás 2011. Erdélyi magyar népesedés a XXI. század első évtizedében. Demográfiai és statisztikai elemzés [Romanian Census 2011. The recent demographic evolution of the Hungarian population from Transylvania]. Editura ISPMN, Working papers in Romanian Minority Studies, no. 43, 2012.

Kiss, Tamás - Barna, Gergő (eds.): Erdélyi magyar fiatalok. Összehasonlító elemzés [The Hungarian youth from Transylvania. A comparative analysis]. Editura ISPMN- Kriterion, Cluj-Napoca, 2011.

Kiss, Tamás - Barna, Gergő - Kozák, Gyula (eds.): Tinerii maghiari din România. Dimensiuni comparative [The Hungarian youth from Transylvania. Comparative dimensions]. Editura ISPMN- Kriterion, Cluj-Napoca, 2011.

Kiss, Tamás - Gyurgyík, László (eds.): Párhuzamok és különbségek: a második világháború utáni erdélyi és szlovákiai magyar nepéssegfejlődés összehasonlító elemzése [Parallelism and Difference. A comparative study of demographic processes of the Hungarian population from Romania and Slovakia after World War II]. Európai Összehasonlító Kisebbségkutatások Közalapítvány, Budapest, 2010.

Kiss, Tamás: Adminisztratív tekintet. Az erdélyi magyar demográfiai diskurzus összehasonlító elemzéséhez. Az erdélyi magyar népesség statisztikai konstrukciójáról [An administrative perspective. Toward the comparative analysis of the demographic discourse among the Hungarians in Transylvania. The statistical construction of the Hungarian population from Transylvania]. Editura ISPMN- Kriterion, Cluj-Napoca, 2010. 

Kiss, Tamás: Támpontok az erdélyi rétegződési rendszer vizsgálatához 1-2 [Startingpoints for the analysis of the stratification system in Transylania]. In Pro Minoritate, 2, 2010, 3-28.

Kiss, Tamás - Veress, Ilka: Minorităţi din România: dinamici demografice şi identitare [Minorities from Romania: dynamics of demography and identity]. Editura ISPMN, Working Papers in Romanian Minority Studies, no. 30, 2010.

Kiss, Tamás - Barna, Gergő - Sólyom, Zsuzsa: Erdélyi magyar fiatalok 2008. Közvélemény-kutatás az erdélyi magyar fiatalok társadalmi helyzetéről és elvárásairól. Összehasonlító gyorsjelentés [The Hungarian youth from Transylvania in 2008. A public opinion survey about the social position and expectations of the Hungarian youth from Transylvania]. Editura ISPMN, Working Papers in Romanian Minority Studies, no. 12, 2008.

Kiss, Tamás - Csata, István: Evoluţia populaţiei maghiare din România. Rezultate şi probleme metodologice/ Evolution of the Hungarian Population from Romania. Results and Methodological Problems. Editura ISPMN, Working Papers in Romanian Minority Studies, no. 1, 2008.