Freedom of movement


Country Report: Freedom of movement Last updated: 05/05/23


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Persons who are granted international protection are free to move and settle throughout the Austrian territory. However, in practice, freedom of movement might be restricted for certain beneficiaries when they depend on specific services (see Erreur ! Source du renvoi introuvable.). The restriction of residence that used to apply to beneficiaries of subsidiary protection who were awaiting an appeal was deleted by the recent amendment to Article 15b AsylG.[1]  The draft is mainly aimed at implementing actions under aliens law that were outlined by the federal government in the Government Program 2017-2022, which was enacted in 2017 (“Together. Government Program 2017-2022 for Austria“).




[1] Fremdenrechtsänderungsgesetz 2018, available in German at:

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX I – Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation