SOM. Support and Opposition to Migration. A Cross National Comparison of the Politicization of Migration.

Funding institution: European Commission (7th Framework Programme)
Duration: October 2009 - September 2012
Coordination of the Austrian project-part: Sieglinde Rosenberger
Researchers: Sarah Meyer, Teresa Peintinger

About the project

The research project investigates processes of politicization of migration from a comparative perspective in seven European countries: Austria, Belgium, UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland. Focusing on the role of four major actors –- the state, political parties, social movements, and the media -- the project aims at explaining how and why the presence of immigrants and their full political and social participation becomes politicized in each national context, as well as which factors explain cross-national differences in this politicization between the selected countries.

The project is carried out in cooperation with the following institutions: Université de Neuchâtel, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Trinity College Dublin, University of Manchester, University of Bath, Free University of Brussels


  • Rosenberger, Sieglinde/ Ruedin, Didier (2017). The Politicization of Asylum Seekers and Other Immigrant Groups in a Comparative Perspective. In F. Merli, & M. Pöschl (Hrsg.), Das Asylrecht als Experimentierfeld (S. 13-26). Wien: MANZ’sche Verlags- und Universitätsbuchhandlung. (Download)
  • Meyer, Sarah / Rosenberger, Sieglinde (2016): Politicisation of immigration in Austria, in: Wouter Van der Brug / Gianni D'Amato / Joost Berkhout / Didier Ruedin (eds): Understanding the politicisation of immigration. A comparative study of seven countries (1995-2009). Routledge.


SOM Working Papers

  • Peintinger, Teresa (2012): Legal and Policy Situation of Immigrants: Austria. SOM Working Paper 01/2012.
  • This working paper describes the legal and policy situation of immigrants in Austria 1995 to 2010. It makes use of the MIPEX indicators, and expands these backward in time to explore developments over time. The following policy areas are covered: labour market mobility, family reunion, education, political particiaption, long-term residence, access to nationality, and anti-discrimination legislation.

  • Peintinger, Teresa (2011): Demographics of Immigration: Austria. SOM Working Papers 04/2011.

    This working paper describes the immigrant population in Austria 1990 to 2009. It contains information about the numbers of immigrants entering and settling and the backgrounds of immigrants, such as countries of origin, religious backgrounds, gender and education.