Quotation Kohlenberger, Judith. 2017. Surveying Forced Migrants, Partners and Children: Insights from the Displaced Persons in Austria Survey (DiPAS). 5th European Congress of Family Science, Wien, Österreich, 09.11.-11.11.




Given the recent increase in asylum applications at the European level, representative studies of refugees as a specific population group are indispensable. However, the social sciences, and especially family research, are confronted with a significant lack of quantitative data on forced migrants. This is especially true for Syrian, Iraqi and Afghan asylum seekers from the fall of 2015. To address this perceptible research gap, the "Displaced Persons in Austria Survey (DiPAS)" was conducted in seven NGO-run refugee accommodations in and around Vienna in November and December 2015. Quantitative interviews were conducted in Arabic, Farsi, and English, with the aim of capturing respondents’ socio-demographic characteristics, migration costs and routes, educational attainments and professional qualifications, marital status and family reunification potential, as well as attitudes, values, and future plans. The paper presents the methodological approach of DiPAS, experiences from the questionnaire preparation, and insights from the field phase. Findings address four key challenges faced by surveys of the highly mobile and vulnerable group of forced migrants, namely (1) representativity, (2) language barriers, (3) ethical considerations, and (4) cultural diversity. Recommendations for planning longitudinal, cross-cultural studies on forced migration in the current European context are presented.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language German
Title Surveying Forced Migrants, Partners and Children: Insights from the Displaced Persons in Austria Survey (DiPAS)
Event 5th European Congress of Family Science
Year 2017
Date 09.11.-11.11.
Country Austria
Location Wien
URL http://www.familyscience.eu/


Kohlenberger, Judith (Details)
Demography Group AB (Former organization)
Research Institute for Human Capital and Development FI (Former organization)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5000 Social Sciences (Details)
5404 Demography (Details)
5413 Sociological methods (Details)
5428 Migration research, emigration - (Details)
5429 Genealogy (Details)
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