DiPAS - Displaced Persons in Austria Survey
Displaced Persons in Austria Survey (DiPAS): Human Capital, Values, and Attitudes of Persons Seeking Refuge in Austria in 2015
Given the social impact of the large number of forced migrants from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan applying for asylum across Europe since fall 2015, it is crucial to study who these individuals are in terms of their skills, motivations, and intentions. The study DiPAS (Displaced Persons in Austria Survey) at the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, VID/ÖAW, WU) aims to uncover the socio-demographic characteristics of the refuge-seeking persons who arrived in Austria in 2015, with a particular focus on human capital (educational attainment and professional qualifications) as well as attitudes and values. Respondents were also asked about their origins and family backgrounds as well as journey routes and return intentions.
The DiPAS survey, the first of its kind in Austria and possibly in Europe, was carried out in November and December 2015 among adult displaced persons, mostly residing in Eastern Austria in NGO-run facilities of Fonds Soziales Wien, Caritas, Workers’ Samaritan Federation, Red Cross, and Diakonie Austria. Interviews were conducted in Arabic, Farsi/Dari, Pashto, Kurdish, and English. Conceptualization and implementation of the multi-lingual questionnaire was supported by Syrian demographer Dr. Zakarya Al Zalak (IIASA), until recently the director of the Statistical Technical Institute in Damascus.
Based on 514 completed interviews, DiPAS aims to provide substantiated data for political decision-making and on-going societal dialogue. Information gathered on spouses and children (household survey) allows for the analysis of 458 persons living in Austria, and of further 419 partners and children abroad, which shall help to make informed assessments about the integration potential of recently arrived Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans into the Austrian host society. In addition, the applied methodological technique and experiences during the fieldwork shall provide valuable insights on sampling asylum seekers and refugees in the current European context.
The following link leads to additional background information regarding the project (in german language only):
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- Human Capital, Values, and Attitudes of Persons Seeking Refuge in Austria in 2015
Buber-Ennser, I., Kohlenberger, J., Rengs, B., Al Zalak, Z., Goujon, A., Striessnig, E., Potančoková, M., Gisser, R., Testa, M.R., and Lutz, W. (2016) PLoS ONE 11(9): e0163481.
- A social survey on asylum seekers in and around Vienna in fall 2015: Methodological approach and field observations.
Kohlenberger, J., Buber-Ennser, I., Rengs, B., and Al Zalak Z. (2017), Refugee Survey Quarterly 36(4), 90-109.
- Datenerhebungen unter Geflüchteten und ihren Familien: Methodologische Aspekte und Beobachtungen aus dem Feld des "Displaced Persons in Austria Survey (DiPAS)“. Kohlenberger, J., Buber-Ennser, I., and Rengs, B. (2018), In: Olaf Kapella, Norbert Schneider, Harald Rost (ed.) Familie –Bildung – Migration. Tagungsband zum 5. Europäischen Fachkongress Familienforschung. Opla: Barbara Budrich, 2018.
- Immigration and the Social Welfare State in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland: A comparative meta-study.
Spahl, W., Weiss, S., Kohlenberger, J. and Buber-Ennser, I. (2017), VID Working Paper 18/2017
- Labour market profile, previous employment and integration potential of refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan: An Austrian case study.
Rengs, B., Buber-Ennser, I., Kohlenberger, J., Hoffmann, R., Soder, M., Gatterbauer, M., Themel, K., and Kopf, J. (2017), VID Working Paper 13/2017
- Le niveau d’instruction des immigrés: varié et souvent plus élevé que dans les pays d’origine [Immigrants' educational attainment: A mixed picture, but often higher than the average in their country of origin]
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- Immigrants' educational attainment: A mixed picture, but often higher than the average in their country of origin.
Ichou, M., A. Goujon, I. Buber-Ennser, et al. (2017), Population and Sociétés 541(1), pp. 1-4.
- Who are the refugees who arrived in Europe in the summer and fall of 2015?
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- Gekommen, um zu bleiben? Bildung, Werte und Ziele von Geflüchteten in Österreich.
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- Methodological approach and field observations
VID Working Paper 6/2016
- Understanding the Syrian Educational System in a Context of Crisis
VID Working Paper 9/2016
- Asielzoekers in Oostenrijk
DEMOS, Jahrgang 32, Nummer 10
- Flüchtlinge und Geflüchtete: Wer kam 2015 nach Österreich?
Kepler Salon (06.02.2017) - www.kepler-salon.at
- Refugees in Europe Their Human Capital, Values, and Attitudes Exclusive findings from a new study on Austria
Population Europe Webinar (06.10.2016)
- Values, and Attitudes of Persons Seeking Refuge in Austria in 2015
Ringvorlesung “Mehr als Flucht” (Universität Wien) (05.05.2017)
- Wer sind die Flüchtlinge?
Kinderuni Wien (12.07.2016)