Long-term impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on labour market integration of refugees (FIMAS reCOV)

Client/Funding Institution

International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)


FIMAS reCOV is the sixth wave of the Austrian longitudinal study on integration processes of refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran in Austria. Its core focus is on labour market integration, but also on the interactions with other integration domains such as social and cultural integration, educational integration, residential integration, integration into the health and other areas of the welfare system, which favour or hinder labour market integration. The project FIMAS reCOV follows up our longitudinal analysis by focussing on the impact of the Covid-crisis with its different phases (lockdowns, recoveries) on integration processes and labour market experiences of the different sub-groups of refugees (differentiated by age, gender, educational attainment, country of origin) and identifies the particular challenges they face. The envisaged overall sample includes over 2,700 respondents of which about a third has also participated in at least one of the previous five FIMAS waves. FIMAS reCOV builds on and continues the previous five surveys FIMAS, FIMAS+INTEGRATION, FIMAS+INTEGRATION², FIMAS+YOUTH and FIMAS+Frauen.


March 2023 - December 2023

wiiw team Leader

Michael Landesmann

wiiw Staff

Corinna Covi, Veronika Janyrova, Sandra M. Leitner

Countries covered: Austria

Research Areas: Labour, Migration and Income Distribution