Slovenski etnografski muzej

Porabje Slovenes in urban environments

The article presents new findings on the Porabje Slovenes who live in urban environments, a population that is only marginally present in modern Slovene scientific and professional treatises. The article is based on an analysis of personal interviews and statements collected as part of the field research entitled “The position of the Slovenes outside the area of autochthonous settlement”, carried out in 2002 and 2003. The article mainly sheds light on the reasons which made the Porabje Slovene move to inland areas of Hungary in different periods, their experiences in the new environments, and the political and cultural organisations resulting from the improved legal protection of the national and ethnic minorities in Hungary.