Quotation Kohlenberger, Judith, Buber-Ennser, Isabella, Rengs, Bernhard, Al Zalak, Zakarya. 2017. A Social Survey on Refugees in and Around Vienna in Fall 2015: Methodological Approach and Field Observations . Refugee Survey Quarterly 36 (4), 1-20.




In late 2015, a survey called Displaced Persons in Austria Survey was carried out in and around Vienna to study the socio-demographic characteristics, values and attitudes of refugees 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 refugees. First results on human capital and attitudes of respondents have been published recently. This article 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.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Refugee Survey Quarterly
Language English
Title A Social Survey on Refugees in and Around Vienna in Fall 2015: Methodological Approach and Field Observations
Volume 36
Number 4
Year 2017
Page from 1
Page to 20
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/rsq/hdx012


Kohlenberger, Judith (Details)
Al Zalak, Zakarya (IIASA, Austria)
Buber-Ennser, Isabella (VID/ÖAW, Austria)
Rengs, Bernhard (VID/ÖAW, Austria)
Demography Group AB (Former organization)
Research Institute for Human Capital and Development FI (Former organization)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5404 Demography (Details)
5428 Migration research, emigration - (Details)
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