Demographic Profile of Syrians in Austria

Isabella Buber-Ennser, Bernhard Rengs, Judith Kohlenberger, Kryštof Zeman

Publication: Chapter in book/Conference proceedingChapter in edited volume


Migration is an important aspect for Austria, a central European country with 8.8 million inhabitants in 2018. Roughly 47,000 persons born in Syria were
residing in Austria at the beginning of that year, most of them arriving after 2014.
This chapter provides insights on the Syrian population in Austria, including age,
gender, legal status, education, marital status, fertility, previous labor market participation, previous occupations and religious identity. Thereafter, the Syrian diaspora in Austria is a fairly young population, with implications for the educational
system, labor market and welfare state. The observation that the Syrian diaspora is
much better educated than the overall Syrian population in pre-war times, implies
that Syria not only lost a substantial share of its population due to death and external displacement, but witnessed a brain-drain, affecting reconstruction of the country after the war.
Original languageGerman (Austria)
Title of host publicationComparative Demography of the Syrian Diaspora: European and Middle Eastern Destinations
Editors Elwood Carlson, Nathalie E. Williams
Place of PublicationCham
Pages139 - 163
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-24450-7
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 504006 Demography
  • 504021 Migration research
  • 509012 Social policy

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