Labour market trajectories of refugees and other migrants

Client/Funding Institution

Anniversary Fund of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank


In view of the large influx of refugees into Austria between 2014 and 2016 and the substantial socio-cultural and economic integration challenges this poses, the project analyses some particular aspects of labour market integration of refugees in Austria. It uses two unique longitudinal databases which provide information on refugee integration over time, namely a newly constructed database provided by Statistics Austria (‘Register-based Labour Market data’) for the period 2015-2021 as well as five successive survey rounds among refugees in Austria (FIMAS) which have been conducted over the period 2016-2022. It sheds light on refugees’ job stability and mobility across different labour market statuses, their home-to-host country occupational trajectories and associated status losses and gains, the impact of public integration programmes on the likelihood of finding employment, and the role of specific stressors and resilience factors for refugees’ mental health.


January 2021 - June 2023

wiiw team Leader

Sandra M. Leitner

wiiw Staff

Birgit Buschbom, Stefan Jestl, Michael Landesmann, Sebastian Leitner, Isilda Mara, Maryna Tverdostup


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Keywords: Austria, refugees, economic migrants from third countries, job transitions, occupational trajectories, social networks and social capital, labour market integration measures, mental health, longitudinal survey

Countries covered: Austria

Research Areas: Labour, Migration and Income Distribution