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Processes of labour market integration of refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection in Austria (FIMAS+INTEGRATION 2)

Research Objectives

Building on the FIMAS and FIMAS+INTEGRATION surveys, the project FIMAS+INTEGRATION 2 continues with the third wave of the Austrian longitudinal survey on refugees’ integration trajectories. The aim of the FIMAS projects is to close the research gaps related to the processes of labour market integration of the growing refugee population through the analysis of quantitative data on central topics related to refugee integration. The project will investigate individual trajectories as well as trends of refugee integration and the effects of measures for labour market integration. The total sample will include a panel component, following initial respondents from 2016/2017 (FIMAS) and 2017/2018 (FIMAS+INTEGRATION), plus a refresher sample.

Interviews will mainly be conducted online and complemented with telephone and face-to-face interviews. More than 1,500 recognised refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection in all nine federal states will be interviewed. The sample will include persons of working age from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran. Interviews will be implemented in three languages (Arabic, Farsi/Dari, German) by trained interviewers.

Project Implementation

International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), in cooperation with wiiw and Karl-Franzens-University Graz

Project Partners
- Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw) 
- Department of Human Resource Development, Karl-Franzens-University of Graz
- Public Employment Service Austria
- City of Vienna (MA17 Integration and Diversity)

Project Duration:
 May 2018 - April 2019

Funding: Co-funded by
- The Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs
- City of Vienna (MA17 Integration and Diversity)
- Federal State of Tyrol
- Public Employment Service Tyrol
- Austrian Association of Cities and Towns

Contact: Roland Hosner




Research Staff Involved:

Veronika Bilger
Roland Hosner
Meike Palinkas