Building Knowledge for a Concerted and Sustainable Approach to Refugee Resettlement in the EU and its Member States



Report on modalities for legal entry of refugees in Austria (2011)

This report (Geschützte Einreise von Flüchtlingen in Österreich) resumes a research on modalities for legal entry of refugees in Austria. It cites provisions on the law on asylum and gives a short overview about Austria’s commitment in the past years. Austria has shown international solidarity, but rather as a country of first asylum than for resettlement.

The report brings some examples of humanitarian asylum cases in Austria between 1972 and 2001 (Asian refugees from Uganda, refugees from Chile, Indochina, Iraq and Kosovo). During the Cold War Austria acted as a transit state for resettled refugees, especially from countries of the former Yugoslavia and other communist states. In the last 20 years, the public opinion towards foreigners has worsened. Until the beginning of 2011 the Federal Ministry of the Interior refused to participate in resettlement projects with the argument that Austria has high numbers of asylum application compared to other European states. Only in 2011 the Minister of the Interior Maria Fekter admitted in an interview that resettlement “might be the more human and less expensive way of realising our humanitarian duty” and that it will be an additional strategy.

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Report on modalities for legal entry of refugees in Austria (2011) in German

Austria snapshot

Size: 83,870 km2

Population: 8.3 million

Year of EU Entry: 1995

In the Schengen Area: Yes

Protection Status Granted: 3,572 (2011)

Resettlement Scheme: Ad hoc

Resettled Refugees: 30 (2011)

Source: The information about the size, population, in the Schengen area, and year of EU entry is taken from