Annual Reports

The aim of the Annual Policy Reports is to outline the most significant political and legislative developments in the EU Member States and at European level as well as to inform about public debates in the area of migration and asylum within the EU Member States.

Serving as the basis of the Annual Policy Reports, the Annual Reports on Asylum and Migration Statistics present for the specific Member State an analysis of the statistical trends in asylum and migration during the reference year. The Annual Reports on Asylum and Migration Statistics were prepared by the European Migration Network (EMN) up to and including 2009.

With the help of an external service provider, the European Commission publishes an EU Synthesis Report summarizing the main findings from the National Reports prepared by the National Contact Points.

2016
Annual Policy Report 2016

The Annual Policy Report 2016 provides an overview of migration and asylum-related developments and debates in Austria. The main legislative development was the entering into force of the Amendment to the Asylum Act, the Aliens Police Act and the Federal Office for Immigration and Asylum Procedures Act. One of the significant policy developments was the adoption of measures to implement the 50 Action Points for the integration of persons entitled to asylum or subsidiary protection. Both, the legislative amendment and the integration measures were among the topics most intensively covered in the Austrian media.

2015
Annual Policy Report 2015

The Annual Policy Report 2015 provides an overview of migration and asylum-related developments and debates in Austria. The main legislative development was the entering into force of the Act Amending the Aliens Law 2015 on 20 July. Significant policy developments such as the introduction of temporary border controls or the adoption of an Integration Package for persons granted asylum and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection took place in the context of the migration movements along the Western Balkan route and the sharp increase in the number of asylum applications in Austria. Both, the Act Amending the Aliens Law 2015 and the refugee and migration movements were the topics most intensively covered in the Austrian media.

2014
Annual Policy Report 2014

The Annual Policy Report 2014 provides an overview of migration and asylum-related debates and developments in Austria. In 2014, the establishment of the Federal Office for Immigration and Asylum and the Federal Administrative Court were important topics as they are part of a major institutional and administrative reform. There were also significant amendments to the Border Control Act and to the Citizenship Law aimed at tackling the issue of so-called foreign fighters. A policy development worth highlighting is the initiative "Integration at the regional level" which was launched to support integration at the local level and to strengthen the integration competence of local authorities. The lack of available reception facilities for asylum-seekers in the provinces and the overcrowding of the main initial reception centre in Traiskirchen were the issues most intensively covered in the Austrian media.

2013
Annual Policy Report 2013

The Annual Policy Report 2013 provides an overview of migration and asylum-related debates and developments in Austria. In 2013, an important development was the movement of integration agendas from the Ministry of the Interior to the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs. The Amendments to the Citizenship Law that introduced inter alia a facilitated citizenship for very well integrated migrants represented one of the main legislative changes. Asylum-related topics such as reception conditions, the admission of Syrian refugees and the death of migrants off the Italian coast were the topics covered most comprehensively by the Austrian press.

2012
Annual Policy Report 2012

The Annual Policy Report 2012 provides an overview of migration and asylum-related developments in Austria. In 2012, a major administrative change was decided: the establishment of the Federal Office for Immigration and Asylum on 1 January 2014. Moreover, the implementation of the Red-White-Red Card for highly qualified immigrants was completed as well. Besides these and other developments, the topic of reception conditions for asylum seekers was covered in the media often.

2011
Annual Policy Report 2011

The Annual Policy Report 2011 provides an overview of migration and asylum-related debates and developments in Austria. The main policy and legislative developments in Austria in 2011 concerned the immigration of (highly) qualified workers, integration issues and the introduction of free legal aid. These developments were accompanied by extensive debates in the media and among relevant actors in the field of migration and asylum.

2010
Annual Policy Report 2010

The Annual Policy Report 2010 provides an overview of migration- and asylum related debates and developments in Austria, i.e. concerning the development of the Red-White-Red Card, debates on the suggested amendments of the Aliens' Law 2011 or institutional developments.

2009
Annual Policy Report 2009

The Annual Policy Report 2009 provides an overview of migration and asylum-related developments and debates in Austria. The report concentrates on the two amendments of the Aliens’ Law which were adopted in 2009 and entered into force on 1 January 2010. One deals primarily with the revision of different humanitarian residence permits. The other amendment introduced significant changes to the immigration and asylum system in Austria, including subsequent asylum applications, the treatment of delinquent persons granted asylum and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection, as well as age assessment.

Annual Report on Migration and International Protection Statistics 2009

The National Report describes the statistical trends in migration, international protection, refusals, apprehensions, residence permits, and return for the year 2009 in Austria. The report stresses that the Austrian net-migration gain was about 40 per cent smaller than in the previous year, which mainly resulted from a significant increase of outflows. Furthermore, in line with global trends, an increase in asylum applications by 24 per cent was registered in Austria in 2009. After a sharp decrease of the number of irregular migrants apprehended in 2007 mainly caused by the exclusion of citizens of Romania  and Bulgaria as a result of their EU accession, the number continued to increase (i.e. by 18% between 2008 and 2009). Also the number of persons that were ordered to leave Austria increased in 2009, i.e. by +20 per cent compared to 2008.

2008
Annual Policy Report 2008

This Policy Report gives an overview of the key political debates and developments in the field of migration and asylum in Austria in 2008. One of the main policy and legislative developments was the debate on the criteria for granting humanitarian residence which led to a request by the Constitutional Court to specify the criteria in the Settlement and Residence Law. Another important development was the establishment of a National Action Plan on Trafficking in Human Beings. The most important institutional development constituted the establishment of the Asylum Court which – as of 1 July 2008 – replaced the Independent Federal Asylum Senate as the second instance asylum authority.