Special issue: Migrant Strategies and Migration Policies: Comparing European and North American Experienceshis article focuses on the multiple registers of policies and nodal points where the migrants' strategies and migration policies encounter, miss or ignore the policy measures. Although Hungary is not a major immigration country and the majority of migrants to Hungary are not from the Ukraine, it concentrates on Ukrainian migration to Hungary in order to explore the different trajectories of migrants in the tension-ridden field of Diaspora politics and migration policies that are shaped by EU concerns of security and regulation on the border of EU and non-EU. It raises questions about the periodization of border closures and the historical legacies involved in borders of Central and Eastern Europe, where politics of ethnicity and of migration do not overlap as easily as they do in other parts of Europe.