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Austria

Country Report: Statistics Last updated: 25/04/22

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Overview of statistical practice

Asylum statistics are published on a monthly basis by the Ministry of Interior, providing information on asylum applicants and main nationalities. As of 2016, these monthly reports also provide decisions at first and second instance.[1] The Federal Agency for Immigration and Asylum (BFA) also publishes short annual statistical overviews (Jahresbilanzen).[2]

Applications and granting of protection status at first and second instance: 2021

By the end of march 2022, the annual statistics on the year 2021 had still not been published by the Ministry of Interior. The table below thus provides an overview of preliminary statistics as of December 2021 The Ministry provided incomplete data on rejections, as it only refers to negative in-merit decisions on asylum – not the rejection of subsidiary protection or humanitarian status. A calculation of recognition rates is therefore not possible and the below figures must be read with particular caution:

  Applicants in 2021 Pending at end 2021 Refugee status Subsidiary protection Rejection on asylum Refugee rate Sub. Prot. rate Rejection rate
Total 38,638 27,953 11,672 4,069 13,222
 

Breakdown by countries of origin of the total numbers

 

Syria 15,796 10,573 6,639 996 445
Afghanistan 8,461 5,629 2,504 1,645 3,416
 Morocco 1,865 523 3 0 1,363
Somalia 1,629 1,522 546 151 285
Pakistan 1,328 591 30 6 778
 Bangladesh 1,010 252 34 8 511
Iraq 1,001 1,650 251 906 2,213
Egypt 949 388 4 1 558
 India 928 N/A 1 6 442
 Turkey 904 673 175 6 165

Source: Ministry of Interior. Note that the number of pending cases at the end of 2021 refer to all cases pending at first and second instance; and that the rejection only refers to negative decisions concerning asylum. This does not lead to the conclusion that in all rejected cases a return decision was issued or that no other status was issued.

Gender/age breakdown of the total number of applicants: 2021

  Number Percentage
Total number of applicants 38,638 100%
Men (incl. children) 33,071 85.59%
Women (incl. children) 5,567 14.41%
Children 11,689 30.3%
Unaccompanied children 5,768 14.93%

Source: Ministry of Interior, Answer to parliamentary request 9531/AB, 11 April 2022

Comparison between first instance and appeal decision rates: 2021

  First instance Appeal
  Number Percentage Number Percentage
Total number of decisions 29,357 100%
Positive decisions 11,824 40.28%
  • Refugee status
9,501 32.4%
  • Subsidiary protection
2,153 7.3%
–       Article 8 ECHR 188 0.6%
Negative decisions 9,489 32.32%
–       Formal reasons 3,780 12.9%
–       On merits 5,709 19.5%
Other 8,044 27.4%

Source: Ministry of Interior, Answer to parliamentary request 9531/AB, 11 April 2022

 

 

 

[1]           Ministry of Interior, Asylum Statistics, available in German at: http://bit.ly/2xmiKOT.

[2]           BFA, Statistics, available in German at: http://bit.ly/1XKnnsy. These have been published since 2014.

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