“Value concepts and expectations of refugees entitled to asylum and subsidiary protection in Austria”
Within the framework of the national integration strategy for recognized refugees, national decision making institutions have decided to intensify the accompanying research in the field of refugee integration, and in particular research on the values and attitudes towards the constitutional state. Thus, the BMEIA (Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs) has decided to implement a quantitative survey entitled “Value concepts and expectations of refugees entitled to asylum and subsidiary protection in Austria”. This survey was awarded to the ÖAW project team under the lead of Professor Fassmann (ISR) and Professor Gingrich (ISA), and will be conducted by the ROR-n research committee in close cooperation with a broad range of NGOs active in refugee welfare and support. The results of the survey will provide a better understanding of the needs and motivations of the respondents, and will be used as a scientifically legitimate basis for the formation of new integrative measures and the adaptation of already existing ones.
The questionnaire is in Arabic and Farsi-Dari, and mainly consists of closed questions on a wide range of topics, such as reasons for flight, qualification profiles, life planning and future expectations, labor market integration prospects, religiosity, and attitudes towards democracy. The inquiry will be made in cooperation with an experienced opinion polling institute, and will provide a unique data pool on Syrian, Iraqi and Afghan refugees living in Austria. On the basis of cooperation with NGOs such as ÖIF, Diakonie, Caritas and others, the interviews will be made in refugee homes and counseling centers in four federal provinces. The expected project duration is until the end of 2016.
"Release - get through - arrive": A trans-disciplinary analysis of the recent situation of refugees in Austria
This joint project of the Ror-N investigates the attitudes and experiences of refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan concerning their flight and their integration process into different sections of Austrian society, spanning "official" parts (e.g. the education system, the labor and housing market), as well as the broader society in Vienna, smaller cities and rural communities. The project is based on a cooperation between eight research institutes from the "Refugee Outreach&Research Network" of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, with relevant caseworkers, NGOs, local authorities, and public institutions on different levels. It seeks to generate more objective knowledge on the controversial public discourse of the so-called "refugee crisis" using evidence-based and scientific methods. The project addresses the Austrian situation as a new field of investigation and shed lights on the innovative and to-date largely unknown aspects - such as the requirement structures - affecting the refugees coming to Austria and their integration paths.