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Migration & Integration

Contact: Günther Ogris, MA

ORA examines the living conditions and experiences of migrants as well as the perceptions and reactions of the host society. Our studies are based on the scientific tradition of social psychology as well as many years of research experience in areas such as labour market integration, political participation and housing.

Triangulating the quantitative and qualitative methods as well as using multilingual surveys guarantees a high degree of result validity in migration research. Based on this, in political consulting we also generate the foundation for making decisions in respect of policy making. Furthermore, we also assist with evaluation and optimisation of measures and programmes.

Key topics:

  • Discrimination, xenophobia, islamophobia
  • Political participation of migrants
  • Labor market integration and policy
  • Security and threat perceptions
  • Voting behavior

Selected projects:

Threat perceptions of migrants (2008-2009): In the SALOMON Next Step study, SORA, the Sigmund Freud Private University Vienna and the Research Institute of the Red Cross developed methodological instruments with which to acquire the individual and collective security and threat perceptions of people with a migration background. This knowledge facilitates a better understanding of integration processes and concurrently promotes the development of targeted security measures for the population living in Austria.

Immigration and emigration in Vienna’s council housing (2007): Commissioned by the City of Vienna, SORA researches the social changes within council housing over the past years. One special key topic is on the immigration and emigration of migrants and on social structure changes connected with this.

Migrants in Vienna (2005): Traditional data of the official Austrian statistics do not allow for deeper analyses of the population with migration background. Thus, no characteristics that would make it possible to define the various migrant groups are being acquired. By means of the migration-specific questions in the record set “Life and quality of life in Vienna II” it is possible to identify the various migrant groups on the one hand and to analyse the relationships in the migration context on the other hand.