Migration research is the analysis of movements of people across an international border or within a State. These movements are also known as migration flows. Migration research is an interdisciplinary field that involves political science, sociology, human geography, cultural and social anthropology, history, economics, law and other fields of study.  In recent years, migration research has played an increasingly prominent role as a basis for policy decisions. Thus, there is clear and growing need for rigorous, balanced and evidence-based research and analysis on migration.

IOM’s Approach

IOM conducts research to guide and inform migration policy and practice. The research aims to improve the understanding of migration patterns and processes and to foster links between research, policy and practice.  IOM's research activities worldwide cover a variety of thematic areas, geographical focuses and target groups. The research findings are published on the IOM Publications Platform and on project-specific platforms, such as the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) website. The World Migration Report, IOM’s flagship publication, provides an overview of key migration data and information on migration globally as well as an evidence-based analysis of emerging migration issues.

For more information, please visit: www.iom.int/migration-research & www.iom.int/migration-policy-research

IOM’s work on migration law aims to encourage dissemination and understanding of the international legal standards that govern migration and protect the rights of all individuals involved in migration. Thus, IOM promotes migration governance in line with international law, and primarily international human rights.

For further information, please visit: www.iom.int/international-migration-law

Policy Research and Migration Law activities in Austria

Through migration research, the IOM Country Office for Austria supports policymakers in the development and implementation of migration policies and practices. Our research activities include legal research, policy analysis as well as the analysis of statistics, focussing on Austria within the European context. In fact, Austrian migration law is shaped to a large extent by international legal requirements and EU regulations and directives, which seek to harmonize legislation across EU Member States.

IOM Austria’s Policy Research and Migration Law Unit has published numerous studies on the topics of migration and asylum in Austria. As the National Contact Point Austria in the European Migration Network (EMN),  IOM Austria is contributing to the collection of up-to-date, objective, reliable and comparable information across Europe. Furthermore, the Unit regularly organizes conferences and workshops and presents its research findings at national and international events with a view to steer exchange amongst decision-makers, experts and the general public. 


Policy Research and Migration Law Unit
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Country Office for Austria
Nibelungengasse 13/4
1010 Vienna

Tel: +43 1 585 33 22 
Email: emnaustria@iom.int