Austria

Austria > Contacts

Contacts in Austria in Vienna, Traiskirchen, Graz and Linz...

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Austria > Overview

Austria is part of the EU and has therefore very similar asylum laws to other EU countries. Still, lots of details differ between the countries as asylum laws are steadily modiefied. Especially since the strong refugee movement in summer 2015, constant changes of the legal situation in Austria have happened. The information on these pages gives you a general overview of the situation in Austria and concentrates on the basic legal structure. This information should support you as a guideline and for preparation. If possible, check for the most up-to-date detail informations with local legal aid or contact us if you have specific questions.

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Austria > Dublin III

If you apply for asylum the first thing that will be checked is whether you have been to any other country of the European Union before. If this is the case – either because you have left your fingerprints somewhere or they find evidence by what you say or carry with you (coins, train tickets, etc.) your application or asylum will not be treated in Austria but they will try to deport you back to this country.

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Austria > Asylum

If you apply for Asylum in Austria your application will be first checked concerning Dublin III (mostly at the police station). If you pass this step positively, the next step of your application will be dealt with in one of the country's reception centers (german.: “Verteilerquartier”). There, it will be decided in which type of facility you will be housed during the procedure of your application.

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Austria > Minors

Unaccompanied minors should get special care, but since facilities are crowded they are sometimes being sent to accommodations for grown-ups, if they are 16+ years old.

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Austria > Detention

If either a ban on further residence or deportation is issued against a person, he*she must leave Austria. If he*she does not leave Austria, he*she may be held on detention pending deportation. A person can also be held on remand to safeguard legal proceedings (for example while proving your Dublin III status), in the case of a ban of further residence or of deportation. Basically, detention pending deportation should last for as short a time as possible.

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Austria > Deportation

Legally, deportation is not acceptable if, in the country of destination, the applicant is threatened with persecution or will be subjected to inhumane penalties, the death penalty or torture. An assessment to rule out deportation can be applied for during deportation proceedings.

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Austria > Living

The „Grundversorgung“ system aims at providing all asylum seekers and other aliens excluded from the regular social system with accommodation, food and medical care.

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Austria > Family reunification

The law is laid out to treat each individual of the family the same way as the other. This means if one member has been granted asylum or subsidiary protection, the other members -should- get it too (unless a member has been convicted of criminal charges).

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Austria > Medical assistance

There are some places that provide healthcare for persons without papers, insurance and free of charge...

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Austria > Work

There are only very little possibilities to work legally during your asylum procedure.
If your asylum procedure is already running for three months and you have somebody who would give you work, this person can -under certain circumstances which are defined in the aliens law "Ausländerbeschäftigungsgesetz"- apply for a working permit ("Beschäftigungsbewilligung").

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