Impact of Visa Liberalizations on Austria

Number of Pages: 
87
ISBN: 
978-3-9504601-8-6
E-ISBN: 
978-3-9504683-0-4
Year: 
2018
Available in German
Electronic copy only
Description: 

The study researches the impact of visa liberalizations for third countries of the Western Balkans and the Eastern Partnership on Austria. Therefore, various aspects of the following particularly relevant subject areas are examined: population, visa applications, irregular stays, applications for asylum, return decisions and voluntary return, cooperation with the relevant third countries, economy, labour market, crime and public security, as well as misuse of visa-free regimes.

Table of contents: 
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • 1. INTRODUCTION
    • 1.1 Study background and objectives
    • 1.2 European context
    • 1.3 Definitions
    • 1.4 Methodology
  • 2. PRIOR SITUATION IN AUSTRIA
    • 2.1 Introduction: passports and visas
    • 2.2 Austria’s relations with the relevant third countries and their citizens
    • 2.3 Debate on visa liberalizations
    • 2.4 Responsible authorities and institutions
    • 2.5 Adaptation of Austrian legislation
  • 3. DEVELOPMENTS RESULTING FROM VISA LIBERALIZATIONS
    • 3.1 Population
      • 3.1.1 Immigration of citizens of the relevant third countries
      • 3.1.2 Students of the relevant third countries
    • 3.2 Visa applications
    • 3.3 Irregular stays
    • 3.4 Applications for asylum
      • 3.4.1 Applications for asylum by citizens of the relevant Western Balkan third countries
      • 3.4.2 Applications for asylum by citizens of the relevant third countries of the Eastern Partnership
      • 3.4.3 Coping with asylum procedures
    • 3.5 Return decisions and voluntary return
      • 3.5.1 Return decisions
      • 3.5.2 Voluntary return in the context of visa liberalizations
    • 3.6 Cooperation with the relevant third countries
    • 3.7 Economy
      • 3.7.1 Trade in goods and foreign trade
      • 3.7.2 Tourism
      • 3.7.3 Entrepreneurship
    • 3.8 Labour market
      • 3.8.1 Regular activity in the labour market – residence titles issued for employment
      • 3.8.2 Irregular labour market activity – suspected cases of irregular employment
      • 3.8.3 Challenges and actions
    • 3.9 Crime and public security
      • 3.9.1 Changes relating to crime
      • 3.9.2 Smuggling of migrants
      • 3.9.3 Trafficking in human beings
      • 3.9.4 Challenges
    • 3.10 Misuse of visa-free regimes
  • 4. CONCLUSIONS
    • 4.1 Evaluation of visa liberalizations
    • 4.2 Relevance of the study results
  • ANNEXES
    • A.1 Statistical annex
    • A.2 List of translations and abbreviations
    • A.3 Bibliography
       

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