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Integration measures and labour market success of refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection in Austria (FIMAS)

Integrationsmaßnahmen und Arbeitsmarkterfolg von Flüchtlingen und subsidiär Schutzberechtigten in Österreich (FIMAS)

Research objectives
More than 61,000 refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection have been recognised in Austria between 2006 and 2015. Currently, 21,000 of either status are registered as unemployed (as of Feb 2016). Upon their recognition refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection should be enabled to become financially independent quickly and sustainably, without having to rely on state benefits. In this regard labour market integration is vital.

Empirical research on the social position of the above groups is scarce in Austria. The FIMAS research project aims at closing these research gaps by particularly focusing on labour market integration of the growing refugee population. Based on a quantitative survey, refugees’ integration trajectories as well as the effects of dedicated measures regarding labour market integration will be analysed.

Face-to-face interviews will be conducted with 1,200 recognised refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection of working age who have arrived since 2006. These interviews with persons from Syria, Afghanistan, the Russian Federation and Iraq will be conducted by native speaker interviewers in nine Austrian cities: Vienna, Graz (Styria), Linz and Wels (Upper Austria), Salzburg (Salzburg), and Innsbruck, Imst, Wörgl and Kufstein.

Based on the data analysis, the social position of refugees and possible barriers to their successful integration will be presented in order to enable improved labour market integration.

Planned outcomes
- Analysis of labour market integration of refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection in selected municipalities, cities and federal state
- Analysis of influential factors on labour market integration, e.g. education, health, family, language skills, legal status, gender and age
- Comparative analysis by municipalities, cities and federal states

The info sheet in German is available here.

Project Coordination: International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)

Implementing Project Partners:
- International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)
- Centre for Social Innovation/Zentrum für Soziale Innovation (ZSI)
- Diakonie Flüchtlingsdienst

Project Partners
- Labour Market Service Upper Austria/AMS Oberösterreich
- Austrian Association of Cities and Towns/Österreichischer Städtebund
- Federal state offices of the Labour Market Service/Landesgeschäftsstellen des AMS
- Contact point for people who gained professional qualifications abroad/ Beratungszentrum für Migranten und Migrantinnen, Anlaufstellenkoordination im Namen der Anlaufstellen für Personen mit im Ausland erworbenen Qualifikationen (AST)

Project Duration: January 2016 – June 2017

Funding: Co-financed by
- The Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs
- Federal States: Tyrol, Salzburg
- Cities: Vienna, Graz, Wels, Salzburg
- Federal state offices of the Labour Market Service: Vienna, Upper Austria, Tyrol
- Austrian Association of Cities and Towns


Contact: Veronika Bilger



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Research Staff involved:
Veronika Bilger
Roland Hosner