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This study focuses on Austria’s policies and practices regarding unaccompanied minors following the determination of their residence status. It explores support and integration measures for unaccompanied minors once their residence status has been established as well as policies and procedures regarding their return after an application has been rejected. Furthermore, the study covers the issues of unaccompanied minors during transition to the age of majority and addresses the absconding of unaccompanied minors from care facilities.

Table of contents: 
  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • 1. INTRODUCTION
    • 1.1 Study background and objectives
    • 1.2 Definitions
    • 1.3 Methodology
  • 2. NATIONAL POLICY AND LEGAL CONTEXT
    • 2.1 Legal and policy changes since 2014
    • 2.2 Importance of unaccompanied minors in Austria for policymaking
    • 2.3 Public discussion
  • 3. DEMOGRAPHIC BACKGROUND AND RESIDENCE ARRANGEMENTS
    • 3.1 Demographic background of unaccompanied minors in Austria
    • 3.2 Residence options for unaccompanied minors
    • 3.3 Unaccompanied minors in the transition to adulthood
  • 4. CARE, ACCOMMODATION AND GUARDIANSHIP
    • 4.1 Arrangements relating to care, accommodation and guardianship
    • 4.2 Accommodation
    • 4.3 Guardianship
    • 4.4 The role of residence status
  • 5. INTEGRATION
    • 5.1 Arrangements for integration
    • 5.2 Health care
    • 5.3 Education and vocational training
    • 5.4 Labour market access
    • 5.5 Social benefits
    • 5.6 Family reunification
  • 6. RETURN AND REINTEGRATION
    • 6.1 Arrangements relating to return and reintegration
    • 6.2 Voluntary return
    • 6.3 Assisted voluntary return and reintegration
    • 6.4 Forced return
    • 6.5 Conditions for issuing a return decision
    • 6.6 Family tracing
    • 6.7 Unaccompanied minors unable to be removed
  • 7. ABSCONDING
    • 7.1 Overview of the phenomenon
    • 7.2 Procedures in response to absconding
    • 7.3 Measures to prevent absconding
    • 7.4 Impact on the procedure under aliens law and on residence status
    • 7.5 Challenges related to absconding
  • ANNEX
    • A.1 List of translations and abbreviations
  • A.2 Bibliography

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