Studies

The National Contact Points of the European Migration Network (EMN) prepare several studies on migration and asylum-related issues each year based on common study template. EMN studies are elaborated in accordance with uniform specifications in order to achieve comparable results EU-wide. With the help of an external service provider, the European Commission publishes a Synthesis Report summarizing the main findings from the studies prepared by the National Contact Points.

EMN Study: Integration of Beneficiaries of International Protection and Holders of Humanitarian Residence Titles into the Labour Market: Policies and Measures in Austria

This study focuses on the integration of beneficiaries of international protection (persons granted asylum and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection) and persons who have been issued a humanitarian residence title in the framework of an asylum procedure into the labour market. The study provides an overview of state-funded measures that promote the labour market integration of the target group. Therein, it indicates to what extent these measures are tailored to the specific needs of the target group and whether they are eligible to access these measures. In addition, the availability of statistics is addressed.

EMN Study: The Organization of Asylum and Migration Policies in Austria

The study provides an overview of the Austrian asylum and migration policies. In particular, the study deals with the most relevant institutions involved and the modern development of the Austrian asylum and migration system. Subsequently, the study elaborates on the current situation in the fields of migration, asylum and return of third-country nationals. Further, issues in relation to health, gender, education, development, migrant smuggling and human trafficking are dealt with.

EMN Study: Dissemination of Information on Voluntary Return within Austria: How to reach irregular Migrants not in contact with the Authorities

The study analyses the question, of how irregular Migrants who are not in contact with the authorities can be reached to provide them with information on voluntary return. After a presentation of the relevant provisions of Austrian law, the study focuses on the relevant groups of irregular migrants and the actors involved in disseminating information on voluntary return. A specific focus is placed on the tools used to disseminate information and related challenges are also analysed. The study closes with a chapter on statistical data and estimates of irregular migration in Austria and a summary of the major findings.

EMN Study: Determining Labour Shortages and the Need for Labour Migration from Third Countries in Austria

The study provides an overview of national labour migration policies and analyses whether they are linked to identified labour shortages, and, if so, in what way. It further investigates the instruments used to identify labour shortages and the need for labour migration, such as lists of shortage occupations. A special focus in this regard is placed on the role of the social partners. This is followed by a presentation of the results of the application of those instruments, i.e. current labour shortages and the need for labour migration in Austria.

2014
EMN Study: Unaccompanied Minors in Austria – Legislation, Practices and Statistics

The study describes the current state of unaccompanied minors in Austria with regard to legislation and practices. It also presents available statistics on this topic. A number of relevant areas are covered: entry, residence, asylum procedure, age assessment, guardianship, legal advice, accommodation, reception conditions, healthcare, education, vocational training, employment, integration support, absconding, legal age, return and reintegration. Thereby, the study highlights developments in these areas that took place over the last five years, between 2010 and 2014.

EMN Study: Admitting Third-Country Nationals for Business Purposes in Austria

The study provides an analysis of the conditions in place in Austria that regulate the admission for business purposes from third-countries. Specifically it addresses three broad areas: the admission of non- EU investors and of non-EU business owners who are not yet resident in the EU, and the admission of other third-country national business persons who travel to the EU Thereby, the study elaborates on the Austrian framework and focuses particularly on the Austrian "Red-White-Red Card" System.

EMN Study: Austria’s Return Policy: Application of Entry Bans Policy and Use of Readmission Agreements

This study describes the role of entry bans and readmission agreements to support Austria's return policy. Legal regulations concerning entry bans are examined, particularly in connection with return decisions. Various aspects regarding the practical application of entry bans are also analysed. After providing a comprehensive overview of existing readmission agreements, some challenges in their implementation are discussed. Finally, possible synergies between entry bans and readmission agreements on the one hand, and reintegration assistance on the other hand, are also explored.

EMN Study: The Use of Detention and Alternatives to Detention in the Context of Immigration Policies in Austria

The study mainly covers legal aspects and practices of detention and alternatives to detention in Austria. It describes the grounds on which persons can be detained for the purpose of removal, outlines the conditions for alternatives to detention, and provides insight into the practical organization of detention and alternatives to detention in Austria. Furthermore, it presents available statistics and deals with the question of what kind of influence detention and its alternatives have on asylum and return procedures.

EMN Study: Access to Social Security for Third-Country Nationals – Policies and Practice in Austria

This study describes third-country nationals' access to social security in Austria. In this context, the study presents migration-specific provisions, relevant bilateral agreements with third countries and available statistics.

EMN Study: Trafficked Persons as Asylum-Seekers – The Process of Identification and Access to Residence Rights in Austria

The Study "Trafficked Persons as Asylum-Seekers - The Process of Identification and Access to Residence Rights in Austria" deals on the one hand with the identification of trafficked persons who seek asylum in Austria. In this regard, the study focuses on the role of state institutions. On the other hand, the study explores trafficked persons' access to residence rights in Austria. Currently available options are analysed and compared using case law.