Statistics

Austria

Country Report: Statistics Last updated: 30/11/20

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Overview of statistical practice

Asylum 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: 2019

 

 

Applicants in 2019

Pending at end 2019

Refugee status

Subsidiary protection

Rejection

Refugee rate

Subs. Prot. rate

Rejection rate

Total

12,511

27,156

9,482

2,169

17,111

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Breakdown by 10 top countries of origin of the total numbers

 

 

Afghanistan

2,853

10,516

3,962

1,177

5,293

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Syria

2,684

1,338

2,489

288

393

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Somalia

734

926

731

135

566

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Iran

715

2,048

765

6

546

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Iraq

709

4,769

291

257

1,689

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Russian Fed

698

1,235

359

48

1,475

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India

354

328

0

2

591

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Nigeria

328

617

23

28

856

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Georgia

327

403

4

32

749

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Pakistan

321

620

17

2

522

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Source: Ministry of Interior. While the numbers on positive decisions granting international protection (i.e. asylum and subsidiary protection) refer to persons, the numbers on rejection refer to the number of decisions taken (i.e. rejection of the refugee status and of the subsidiary protection). This means that the numbers on rejection may be double-counts: persons who have received a negative decision as they did not obtain the refugee status may have been granted the subsidiary protection and are thus counted twice (once as rejection of the refugee status and once as beneficiary of the subsidiary protection). A calculation of recognition rates is therefore not possible and the numbers provided in the table must thus be read with particular caution.

 

Gender/age breakdown of the total number of applicants: 2019

 

 

Number

Percentage

Total number of applicants

12,511

100%

Men

8,280

66.18%

Women

4,231

33.82%

Children

5,257

Unaccompanied children

963

7.7%

 

Source: Ministry of Interior, Answer to parliamentary request 38/AB XXVII GP, 19 December 2019. The number of children refers to the period from January to October 2019.

 

Comparison between first instance and appeal decision rates: 2019

 

The Ministry of Interior does not disaggregate statistics on decisions between the first and second instance and the Administrative Court had not published its statistics for 2019 at the time of writing. The Ministry of Justice stated that during the first half of 2019, around 11,700 decisions were taken on appeals against decisions of the BFA – although this number should be read with caution as it may include multiple decisions on one case. A total of 4,610 decisions of the BFA were dismissed, while 5,810 decisions of the BFA were confirmed by the BVwG.[3] At the time of writing, there was no information available on how many protection status had been granted in this context.

 

 

First instance

Appeal

 

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Total number of decisions on merits

14,741

100%

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Decisions granting international protection

6,959

47.2%

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 Rejection

7,782

52.8%

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Source: Federal Office for Immigration and Asylum, available in German at: https://bit.ly/2T9bJip. The total number of decisions on merits does not include other decisions, i.e. decisions concerning revocation of status, prolongation of subsidiary protection and entry applications. In 2019, the BFA took a total of 28,991 decisions based on the Asylum Act. See: BFA, Yearly results, available in German at: https://bit.ly/3aiUhy2.



[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.

[3]           Ministry of Interior, Answer to parliamentary request 3929AB/XXVII, 19 September 2019, available in German at: https://bit.ly/2ICGuXe.

 

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