A Social Survey on Asylum Seekers in and around Vienna in Fall 2015: Methodological Approach and Field Observations

Kohlenberger, J., Buber-Ennser, I., Rengs, B., & Al Zalak, Z. (2016). A Social Survey on Asylum Seekers in and around Vienna in Fall 2015: Methodological Approach and Field Observations. Vienna Institute of Demography, VID Working Paper 6/2016 , Vienna.

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In late 2015, a survey called DiPAS (Displaced persons in Austria survey) was carried out in and around Vienna to study the socio-demographic characteristics, values and attitudes of asylum seekers arriving in Austria in 2015. In that year, the number of persons seeking refuge in Europe was substantially high, with Austria being the fourth largest receiving country of asylum seekers in Europe. This data collection is the first of its kind in Austria and to our knowledge the first in Europe focusing on the recent arrivals of Syrian, Iraqi, and Afghan asylum seekers. First results on human capital and attitudes of DiPAS respondents have been published recently. The current paper presents the methodological
approach of collecting these data, experiences from survey preparation, and insights from the field phase. Findings address four key challenges faced by surveys of the highly mobile and vulnerable group of asylum seekers, namely (1) representativity, (2) language barriers,
(3) ethical considerations, and (4) cultural diversity. We discuss concrete solutions and recommendations for similar (inter)national, cross-cultural surveys, and provide insights for planning longitudinal studies on displaced persons who recently arrived in Europe.

Item Type: Other
Uncontrolled Keywords: Refugees, asylum seekers, irregular migration, survey, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, methodology, field phase
Research Programs: World Population (POP)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2016 15:00
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:41
URI: https://pure.iiasa.ac.at/13916

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