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: Family Reunification in Austria

The study gives an overview of national rules and regulations for family reunification regarding third-country nationals, policy changes including public debates and statistics of family reunification during the reference period 2002 to 2006.A focus lies on the legislative changes that were introduced with the amendment of the Settlement and Residence Act that came into effect in 2006. These changes were mainly due to the transposition of the Council Directive 2003/86/EC on the right to family reunification into national law.

EMN Study: Return Migration in Austria

The study provides an overview of forced and voluntary return in Austria. It analyses the political and legal framework, taking account of the influence exerted by the policies and the legislation of the European Union. Furthermore, the study covers return actions, providing a comprehensive overview of return policy and programmes in Austria. Finally, it addresses the existing bilateral and multilateral cooperation with return and transit countries.

EMN Study: Conditions of Entry and Residence of Third Country Highly-Skilled Workers in Austria

The study provides an overview of the conditions of entry and residence of third-country highly skilled workers in Austria. The current procedures are thereby placed in an historical perspective. More precisely, the study outlines the national legislation regulating the immigration of third-country highly skilled workers to Austria, describes the rights and obligations these migrants have and reports on experiences and available statistics.

EMN Study: Managed Migration and the Labour Market – The Health Sector

The study examines the Austrian approach towards migration management in the health sector. It also includes an examination of long-term care and nursing needs, especially for the elderly. More precisely, the study provides an overview of the Austrian health care sector and the main health care services provided, the Austrian migration policy with regard to the health care sector, available data on the employment of migrants in health care professions, and legal provisions concerning education and training for health care professions.

EMN Study: Reception Systems, their Capacities and the Social Situation of Asylum Applicants within the Reception Systems in the EU Member States

The study provides an overview of the status quo of reception facilities for asylum-seekers in Austria. It analyses the historical development of reception facilities, beginning from the 1990s up to 2004, when the new asylum law entered into force, changing the federal care system. After laying out the legal framework of reception conditions the study describes the organization of reception facilities, provides statistics and draws attention to the challenges and strengths of the reception system. Furthermore, the study analyses the social situation of asylum-seekers within this system, describing duties of asylum-seekers and the provision of services.

EMN Study: The Impact of Immigration on Austria’s Society

The study provides a first attempt to assess the impact of immigration on Austria’s society from different angles in an interdisciplinary approach. It looks at the economy, culture and the political system. Furthermore, the study analyses the factors affecting immigrants. This assessment is embedded in the history of immigration to Austria and recent developments.

EMN Study: Illegal Immigration in Austria

The study analyses the topic of illegal immigration in the Austrian context. It provides an overview of the diverse legal framework, the administrative practices, the main actors, available statistics, and the profile of illegally resident migrants, their social and economic situation and the impact on the Austrian host society.

EMN Study: Integration Practices in Austria

This study undertakes – for the first time – a mapping of measures implemented by the Federal State, the provinces and social partners aiming at the integration of migrants in Austria. The purpose of the study is to provide a comprehensive overview of Austrian attitudes and guiding principles for integration in Austria. Thereby the following questions with regard to integration are posed: Who does what in Austria and why?