Integration of recent refugees and third country nationals into the Austrian labour market

Client/Funding Institution

Anniversary Fund of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank


The aim of this project is to investigate the opportunities and challenges of integrating refugees and third country nationals (TCNs) in the Austrian labour market. A particular focus of the analysis is to follow the dynamics of labour market integration, building on a variety of longitudinal databases, including our own survey covering recent refugees/asylum seekers and third country migrants in Austria. The aim is to follow the experiences of different groups of refugees and TCN migrants coming from different countries of origin with their specific personal characteristics, social contexts and participations in various policy programmes. Various statistical methods will be applied to analyse the heterogeneity of experiences and effectiveness of policy programmes. Research will also include interaction with focus groups and stakeholders, as well as macro-economic analysis of integration experiences of TCN migrants across all 28 EU countries.


October 2016 - June 2019

wiiw team Leader

Michael Landesmann

wiiw Staff

Manuela Engleitner, Stefan Jestl, Michael Landesmann, Sandra M. Leitner, Sebastian Leitner, Isilda Mara, Hermine Vidovic

Keywords: Austria, refugees, economic migrants from third countries, labour market, labour market integration measures, migration policy, longitudinal survey

Countries covered: EU-28

Research Areas: Labour, Migration and Income Distribution