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MMag. Dr. Raimund Haindorfer

Address:A-1090 Vienna, Rooseveltplatz 2
Phone:+43 (1) 4277-49255
Fax:+43 (1) 4277-9492
Consultation:by appointment

Research interests:

  • Migration
  • Integration
  • Labor Market
  • Quality of Life
  • Life Satisfaction
  • Values and Attitudes


Ongoing research projects:

Labor Market Integration of Refugees in Austria - A Longitudinal Analysis

Project management: Roland Verwiebe, Bernhard Kittel
Co-workers: Raimund Haindorfer, Christina Liebhart, David Schiestl, Fanny Dellinger, Bernd Liedl
Funding: Anniversary Fund of the Austrian National Bank
Duration: 2016-2019

This project was established as a cooperation between the Department of Sociology and the Department of Economic Sociology. In 2015 Austria belonged to a group of EU countries (including Sweden, Hungary and Germany) which received the largest number of refugees in relation to its population size. One urgent concern is the facilitation of these migrants’ economic self-sufficiency by integrating them into the labor market. Successful labor market integration depends largely on formal requirements, most notably recognized qualifications and language proficiency, but also on the extent of integration into other areas of society, including the integration into social networks or the identification with Austrian norms and values. This is the starting point for the present project which investigates the labor market integration of refugees and the interrelation of economic, social, and cultural integration using an online panel study with four waves. This will be combined with a number of expert interviews and problem-centered interviews among newly arrived refugees.

Quality of Life in a Growing City

Project management: Roland Verwiebe
Co-workers: Raimund Haindorfer, Christina Liebhart
Duration: 2017-2020
Funding: City of Vienna

This project encompasses a large empirical study on the living conditions in Vienna. The planned survey comprises interviews with more than 8000 people in Vienna. This study will be conducted for the fifth time and allows for extensive analysis in regard to various aspects of living conditions of different population groups in Vienna and systematic analyses on social change in the city over an almost 25 year period.
In addition to a detailed analysis of the year 2018, the project provides information about changes between survey waves (1995 until 2018).

Important topics of the project are:

  • quality of life and subjective wellbeing
  • urban development, infrastructure and traffic
  • habitation and living environment
  • health and care
  • social integration
  • culture, leisure time and sport
  • compatibility of family and work life
  • environmental protection
  • satisfaction with work, labour market integration and economic development



Further research projects:

Forming Values: Contents - Places – Processes

Project management: Roland Verwiebe
Co-workers: Lena Seewann, Judith Klaiber, Margarita Wolf, Raimund Haindorfer
Funding: Foreign Foundation
Duration: 2015-2017 (own research assistance: 08/2016 – 10/2016)

This research project examines how values form in pluralistic societies. The project encompasses several empirical steps on a personal, organisational and cross-societal level in the course of which we ask what values are and how they are imparted through organisations. Methodically we combine a range of methods: focus groups, standardised surveys and participatory observations as well as methods of organisation analyses. The focal point of the study is, among others, the conflict between intended and actual contribution of organisations to the imparting of values.

Cooperation: Sylvia Kritzinger, Christian Friesl, Regina Polak, Ulrike Froschauer

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TRANSLAB – Cross-Border Labour Mobility, Transnational Labour Markets and Social Differentiation in the Central European Region

Project management: Roland Verwiebe, Christoph Reinprecht
Co-workers: Raimund Haindorfer, Laura Wiesböck
Funding: WWTF (Vienna Science and Technology Fund), Diversity – Identity, Call 2011
Duration: 2012-2016

The project examines recent intra-European migration movements, taking the Central European Region (CENTROPE) as an exemplary instance. This economically and culturally diverse region lies in the heart of Europe, with Vienna as its central metropolitan area. The year 2011 marks the culmination of an important change to the region: on 1 May, the last barriers to the free movement of labour were removed. Experts expect that the opening of the borders will lead to a substantial dynamization of migration processes from Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic to Austria. The focus of the project is on migrants' (a) reasons for migrating; (b) labour market integration and occupational trajectory; and (c) integration into social networks and dynamics of social inequality. The methodological strategy involves the compilation and analysis of expert interviews, biographical interviews as well as a standardized survey.

Migration and Coexistence in Vienna (1989-2013)

Project management: Roland Verwiebe
Co-workers: Raimund Haindorfer, Cornelia Dlabaja, Sina Lipp, Lena Seewann
Funding: City of Vienna - MA 18 (Urban Development and Planning)
Duration: 2014-2015

The focus of this research project is the coexistence of people from different ethnic backgrounds in Vienna. In the course of an expert report (‘Werkstattbericht’), quantitative data collected for the immigration monitoring for the previous 24 years. For this expert report, the ‘Zuwanderungs-Monitoring’ will be analysed. Important research areas of the project are:

  • Legal and historical framework conditions of migration and integration
  • Changes in the population of Vienna between 1989 and 2013 with special focus on the living conditions of migrants
  • Socio-structural differences in the perception of migration as a problem
  • Attitudes towards immigration and cultural diversity
  • Attitudes towards the consequences of immigration for the labour market and the education system
  • Coexistence in Vienna, particularly sympathies and personal interethnic contacts as well as experiences of ethnic discrimination
  • Attitudes towards migration policies in general and especially towards integration policy of the Vienna City Council.

Methodically, besides trend analyses diverse bi- and multivariate methods are being used.

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