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Processes of labour market integration of young refugees in Austria (FIMAS+YOUTH)

Research Objectives

Based on the surveys FIMAS, FIMAS+INTEGRATION and FIMAS+INTEGRATION 2 the project FIMAS+YOUTH continues the fourth wave of the Austrian longitudinal study on integration trajectories of refugees. The aim of the FIMAS project series is to follow and present the integration processes of refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection. The focus of the project is on labour market integration and those factors that facilitate or hamper it. The central research focus of the project is to examine the situation of young people with regard to their chances of labour market integration. Consequently, the knowledge about the factors contributing to a successful and sustainable labour market participation will be broadened. 

The overall sample comprises a panel component following the first respondents from 2016/2017 (FIMAS), 2017/2018 (FIMAS+INTEGRATION) and 2018/2019 (FIMAS+INTEGRATION2) as well as a refresher sample. The survey will include 1,600 recognized refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection of working age from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran, of whom about half will be young adults aged 15 to 25.


Project Implementation

International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), in cooperation with the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw) 


Project Partners
- Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw) 
- Public Employment Service Austria (AMS)
- City of Vienna (MA17 Integration and Diversity)

Project Duration:
 July 2019 - June 2020

Funding: Co-funded by
- The Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs
- City of Vienna (MA17 Integration and Diversity)
- Public Employment Service Austria
- City of Graz, Department of Education and Integration 

Contact: Veronika Bilger, Meike Palinkas



Research Staff Involved:

Veronika Bilger
Paul Baumgartner
Meike Palinkas