Completed Research

Pilot Study: Integration Processes of Newly Arrived Immigrants (LEGINT)/Pilotstudie – Integrationsverläufe von NeuzuwanderInnen (LEGINT)

Objective: The research objectives are threefold. The study will:

  • discuss different options to carry out a standardised longitudinal survey with recent immigrants in Austria
  • develop research instruments (including a sampling strategy and questionnaire)
  • carry out a pilot survey.
Summary: Against the background of a lack of longitudinal data in the area of migration and integration research, this study tests the feasibility of a longitudinal survey with newly arrived immigrants in Austria. The study aims at providing an instrument that can be used to regularly survey integration trajectories of immigrants over a certain period of time. The study proposes the most efficient design of a longitudinal survey in order to shed light on how integration processes work in Austria.

Implementing Agency: ICMPD

Donor: Co-financed by the European Union (European Integration Fund of the European Commission) and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs

Duration: January 2014June 2015

Contact: Albert Kraler

Downloads: Project description (in German)


Care and Support for Elderly Migrants in Austria: Institutional Challenges and Assessment of Demand/Betreuungs- und Pflegebedarf älterer MigrantInnen: Bedarfsabschätzung und Herausforderungen (BEMIG)

Objectives: Based on a quantitative analysis of existing demographic data, the demand for care and support for the next 510 years is estimated by taking into account temporary and permanent return and other forms of transnational modes of life. Furthermore, expert interviews and group discussions with migrants confronted with care needs for elderly in their families will allow an assessment of existing care services and barriers to their accessibility and usage. Other research objectives are:

  • qualitative analysis of the relation between care by family members and their participation in education and the labour market
  • qualitative analysis of the entitlements of elderly migrants for care provided outside the family
  • assessment of the recent and future role of religious and ethnics-oriented providers in elderly care and support
  • investigation on adaptations of care-providing facilities in terms of lingual, cultural and religious needs of elderly migrants.
Summary: The percentage of people aged over 65 years and born outside Austria was 14% in 2012 and the number is growing. The aging of the migrant population is raising issues in regard to health and, subsequently, health care of elderly migrants, as well as the demand for care services that comes along with it. BEMIG aims to improve knowledge on the need for care and support for elderly migrants, their use of support services provided outside the family and the challenges service providers face in a socially and culturally diverse society. The outcome of this project shall serve as a basis for target-oriented integration strategies and actions addressing elderly migrants and provide guidance for the development of integration-oriented policies in the field of care and support for elderly people in Austria. Outcomes of the project are: a) a report on research outcomes, b) a report with policy recommendations and c) a conference.

Project Coordinator: ICMPD

Donors: Co-financed by the European Union (European Integration Fund of the European Commission) and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs


Contact: Veronika Bilger


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