Integration of persons entitled to asylum or subsidiary protection

In 2015 Austria experienced an unprecedented influx of asylum seekers (around 90.000). This historical high declined nearly by half in the following years in 2016 (around 42,000 applications) and in 2017 (around 24,300 applications). However, looking at the current situation measured against the years before 2015, it is still a high number of people to be integrated.

Austria reacted rapidly to the corresponding challenges. Thus, in the midst of the high influx in November 2015, a 50 Action Points-Plan for the integration of persons entitled to asylum and subsidiary protection was presented, which has since been regarded as the basic document of the Republic of Austria on refugee integration. With the  Integration Act, which came into force in June 2017, a legal basis has been established , with which the most central areas for integration, namely language acquisition as well as value education and orientation, have been anchored and made compulsory. The target group of the Integration Act are persons entitled to asylum or subsidiary protection from the age of 15 and above, who have been granted their status after 31 December 2014.

Below you will find useful documents and links that provide support for the integration of recognized refugees in various areas of life:


1) Orientation film "Living together in Austria"

As a visual introduction to our Values and Orientation Courses, but also other settings in which questions of living together in Austria are discussed, the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs had this short orientation film produced. It is available in German with subtitles in Arabic, Farsi or English.

Video: "Living together in Austria"

2) Promotion of the German language

German language skills are  key to a successful integration in Austria. Therefore the Austrian Integration Fund and the Austria Institute offer comprehensive information and exercises that help refugees learn German. There are also numerous materials for volunteers to help them teach German to the target group.

In addition, the Austrian Integration Fund and the Austria Institute compiled a publication catalogue that presents numerous textbooks and online offers for teaching German.

3) "Meeting place German" at the ÖIF

Together with immigrants, volunteers work to improve the language and communication levels and further develop intercultural skills.

4) Picture dictionary in German and basic dictionaries

In addition to a picture dictionary in German, which supports both learners of German and German teachers in the development of basic vocabulary, the Austrian Integration Fund also provides numerous basic dictionaries (e.g. Dari-German).

5) Values and Orientation Courses as well as advanced courses

The Values and Orientation Courses “My life in Austria” address both the fundamental values on which our coexistence is based, such as freedom of opinion, equal rights and tolerance towards all citizens, as well as important everyday knowledge in all areas of life.

In order that central topics of the Values and Orientation Courses can be dealt with in more detail, the ÖIF offers free in-depth courses on key topics (e.g. labour market, women, environment and neighborhood, health). The courses are held with central cooperation partners and are open to all target groups.