Fremde wer­den Fre­unde e.V., togeth­er with our Research Fel­low Dr. Tobias Spöri, has pub­lished a research report on polit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion of refugees in Vien­na. As more than 30% of the pop­u­la­tion aged 16 and old­er in Vien­na can­not par­tic­i­pate in elec­tions due to their cit­i­zen­ship, the analy­sis focused on oth­er par­tic­i­pa­tion oppor­tu­ni­ties for refugees that enable active involve­ment in soci­ety and pol­i­tics, even with­out hav­ing the right to vote.

A total num­ber of six expert inter­views and 14 guide­line-based inter­views with peo­ple with a refugee back­ground liv­ing in Vien­na were con­duct­ed and ana­lyzed. The results clear­ly show that peo­ple with a refugee back­ground are inter­est­ed in pol­i­tics, want to par­tic­i­pate in the polit­i­cal process­es and are vol­un­tary engaged in civ­il society.

More infor­ma­tion and the entire research report can be down­loaded free of charge here.