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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 continued with the third wave of the Austrian longitudinal survey on refugees’ integration trajectories. The aim of the FIMAS projects was 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 investigated individual trajectories as well as trends of refugee integration and the effects of measures for labour market integration. The total sample included a panel component, following initial respondents from 2016/2017 (FIMAS) and 2017/2018 (FIMAS+INTEGRATION), plus a refresher sample.

Interviews were mainly conducted online and complemented with telephone and face-to-face interviews. In the course of the third wave, 2.400 recognised refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection in all nine federal states were interviewed. The sample included persons of working age from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran. Interviews were 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: Veronika Bilger, Meike Palinkas


Baumgartner, Paul; Palinkas, Meike; Daur, Valentin (2020): Prozesse der Arbeitsmarktintegration von Geflüchteten in Österreich. Forschungsbericht der dritten Welle des FIMAS-Flüchtlingssurveys: FIMAS+INTEGRATION2. ICMPD, February 2020.
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Renate Ortlieb; Petra Eggenhofer‐Rehart; Sandra Leitner; Roland Hosner; Michael Landesmann (2020): Do Austrian Programmes Facilitate Labour Market Integration of Refugees? International Migration, published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of International Organization for Migration. ISSN 0020-7985.

Michael Landesmann, Sandra M. Leitner (2020): Refugees’ Integration into the Austrian Labour Market: Dynamics of Occupational Mobility and Job-Skills Mismatch. wiiw Working Paper No. 188, October 2020. 




Research Staff Involved:

Veronika Bilger
Roland Hosner
Meike Palinkas