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Bernhard Perchinig

Senior Research Officer

Relevant experience and expertise:
Bernhard Perchinig is a political scientist with more than 20 years of research experience in the field of migration and citizenship studies. He is a faculty member of the Department of Commercial Law and European Studies at the Danube University of Krems, where he teaches minority and migration studies, and also teaches migration and migration policy at the M.A. program in “Intercultural Studies” at Salzburg University. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Sciences from the University Vienna (1986).

Prior to joining the ICMPD, he was a Research Fellow at the University of Vienna (2008-2011) and at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (2003-2009). There he directed and contributed to several EU-funded research projects, i.e. on integration courses in Europe (INTEC), naturalization policies in the European Union and in the EU member states (NATAC), intercultural policies in European cities (CLIP) and integration and migration policies in Austria. From 2000-2003 he directed the programme on international migration, social integration and diversity management at the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research in Vienna, which he joined after the completion of a major research project on migration policies in European cities funded by the Austrian Ministry of Science and Research, (1998-2000). Prior to this research project he was the Head of Research at the Funds for Integration of the City of Vienna (1992-1998).

Further to his research and teaching activities Bernhard Perchinig has consulted several international organizations, national and state governments and companies. Since 2006, he chairs the Working Group on Cultural Diversity of the Austrian Commission of UNESCO. In 2008 he has been awarded the Austrian Federal Medal (“Bundesehrenzeichen”) for Merits in the Intercultural Dialogue.

Research interests: migration-, minority- and integration policies, antidiscrimination, European migration policies, and urban policies for social inclusion.

Selected publications:
Maegan Hendow, Alessandra Bravi, Albert Kraler, Robtel Neajai Pailey, Bernhard Perchinig and Katharina Schaur (2018), Resilience in the Face of Adversity: A Comparative Study of Migrants in Crisis Situations. MICIC Comparative Report. Vienna: ICMPD.

Alexandra König, Bernhard Perchinig, Jimy Perumadan, Katharina Schaur (2015): Country Report Austria. ITHACA Research Report N.1/2015. Florence: EUI.

Migrationspolitik. In: Andreas Maurer, Heinrich Neisser, Johannes Pollak (eds.): 20 Jahre EU – Mitgliedschaft Österreichs. Vienna (facultas) 2015, 166 – 186.

(Together with Lena Karasz): Staatsbürgerschaft – Konzepte, aktuelle Situation, Reformoptionen. Studie im Auftrag der Arbeiterkammer Wien. Vienna (Chamber of Labour Vienna) 2013.
Hebel zu einer kompensatorischen Bildung. Bildungsverläufe und Resilienz in der Migration. Wien (=IBW Forschungsbericht 173), Vienna (ibw) 2013 (Editor: Kurt Schmid).

The Construction of the “Third Country Other” in EU Integration Discourse. In: Birgit Breninger, Thomas Kaltenbacher (eds.): Creating Cultural Synergies: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Interculturality and Interreligiosity. Newcastle upon Tyne (Cambridge Scholars Publishing) 2012, 137-154.

Perchinig, Bernhard (2011). The Integration Agreement in Austria – between Symbolic Policy and Reframing Exercise? In: Yves Pascouau (ed.): Integration and Naturalisation Tests: The new Way to European Citizenship? Boston/Leiden, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.

Perchinig, Bernhard (2011). Vom notwendigen Konflikt zwischen Theorie und Empirie in der Migrationsforschung. In: Regina Polak et al (eds.): Europäische Wertestudie 2008 – 2010. Österreich im Europäischen Kontext. Vienna, Böhlau.

Perchinig, Bernhard (2010). Die EU - Migrationspolitik zwischen Gleichstellungsdynamik und „Festung Europa“. In: Manfred Oberlechner / Gerhard Hetfleisch (eds.): Integration, Rassismen und Weltwirtschaftskrise. Sociologica Band 14, Vienna, Braumüller, pp.51 - 75.

Bauböck, Rainer; Perchinig, Bernhard; Sievers, Wiebke, Eds. (2009). Citizenship Policies in the New Europe. Amsterdam, Amsterdam University Press, 2007, 2nd revised and extended edition 2009.

List of publications

Tel: +43-1-5044677-2339
Fax: +43-1-5044677-2375
E-mail: Bernhard.Perchinig(at)

Current projects involved:

Migrants In Countries in Crisis (MICIC)