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

Research Objectives

Upon their recognition, refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection receive full access to the labour market in Austria and should be enabled to become financially independent quickly and sustainably. To this end, labour market integration is vital.

Building on the FIMAS research project and survey, the project FIMAS+INTEGRATION aimed at closing research gaps related to the processes of labour market integration of the growing refugee population. Based on a longitudinal survey, refugees’ integration trajectories as well as the effects of measures for labour market integration were analysed. The total sample includes a panel component, following initial respondents from 2016/2017, and a refresher sample.

Online, self-completion, and face-to-face CAPI interviews were conducted with more than 1,600 recognised refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection between December 2017 and April 2018. The sample includes persons of working age from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Interviews were implemented in five federal states: Vienna, Styria, Upper Austria, Salzburg, and Tyrol.

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
Department of Sociology, University of Vienna
Department of Economic Sociology, University of Vienna
Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital
Institute for Social Policy, WU Vienna 

Project Duration: September 2017 - May 2018

Funding: Jubilee Fund of the Austrian National Bank for the respective projects of wiiw and Karl-Franzens-University Graz

Contact: Veronika BilgerMeike Palinkas


Hosner, Roland and Palinkas, Meike (2020): Prozesse der Arbeitsmarktintegration von Geflüchteten in Österreich. Kurzbericht zur Datenerhebung 2017/2018 (2. Welle) im Projekt FIMAS+INTEGRATION. ICMPD, February 2020.
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Georges D, Buber-Ennser I, Rengs B, Kohlenberger J, Doblhammer G (2021): Health determinants among refugees in Austria and Germany: A propensity-matched comparative study for Syrian, Afghan, and Iraqi refugees. PLOS ONE 16(4): e0250821.

Ortlieb, R. & Weiss, S. (2020). Job quality of refugees in Austria: Trade-offs between multiple workplace characteristics. German Journal of Human Resource Management, online first, DOI: 10.1177/2397002220914224. (free access)

Leitner, Sebastian; Landesmann, Michael; Kohlenberger, Judith; Buber-Ennser, Isabella; Rengs, Bernhard (2019): The Effect of Stressors and Resilience Factors on Mental Health of Recent Refugees in Austria. wiiw Working Paper No. 169, November 2019.

Landesmann, Michael and Leitner, Sandra M. (2019): Various Domains of Integration of Refugees and their Interrelationships: A Study of Recent Refugee Inflows in Austria. wiiw Working Paper No. 168, November 2019.

Kohlenberger, Judith; Buber-Ennser, Isabella; Leitner, Sebastian; Landesmann, Michael (2019): Barriers to health care access and service utilization of refugees in Austria: Evidence from a cross-sectional survey. Health Policy (open access).

Ortlieb, Renate und Weiss, Silvana (2018) Wie finden Geflüchtete in Österreich einen Arbeitsplatz, und welche Art von Arbeitsplatz finden sie? Erster Ergebnisbericht einer schriftlichen Befragung von Geflüchteten im Rahmen des Forschungsprojekts LAMIRA (Labour Market Integration of Refugees in Austria). Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz.
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Research Staff Involved: 

Veronika Bilger
Roland Hosner
Golschan Khun Jush
Meike Palinkas