Our analysis of the issues of migration and asylum focuses on a rights based approach. Non-EU citizens are often subject to special legal provisions. They regulate access to the territory of the Republic of Austria, the conditions for granting and renewal of residence and working permits, and the implementation of measures terminating their right to legally stay in Austria. In addition Non-EU citizens are denied rights which are accessible by Austrian and EU-nationals. The unequal treatment between Austrian and foreign nationals is even allowed for by the Austrian Constitution and the jurisdiction of the Constitutional Court.
We analyse the effects of discrimination and the lack of access to the law on the quality of the lives of migrants and asylum seekers.
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Editor: International Ombudsman Institute
Author: Michael Frahm
Australasia and Pacific Ombudsman Institutions
Mandates, Competences and Good Practice
Commissioned by the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI), the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM) in Vienna conducted a comparative study on Ombuds-Institutions in the Australasia and Pacific region between January 2011 and April 2012.
The recently published book provides in part 1 an analytical comparison of
On behalf of the European Agenca for Fundamental Rights the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights in cooperation with the Human European Consultancy conducted a research on the issue of ‚Access to Justice in Discrimination Cases.’
BIM, as partner of the CARE Austria-Project "Strengthening Women's Capacity for Peace-building in the South Caucasus Region", wrote desk-research reports in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan focusing on women’s development and the resulted enhancement based on women’s participation in society and democracy. The reports handle further on with the equal treatment of men and women, as well as peace building and democracy developing situations in which women in these countries are taking part.
About twelve to 15 million Roma live in the EU. In recent years, several reports on discrimination and attacks against EU citizens with Roma background emerged. In May 2008, about 800 Roma had to flee from their homes, after about 100 people had attacked a Roma settlement in Naples with batons and petrol bombs and set it on fire.
Some trends towards harmonisation in the development of legislative provisions and the implementation of measures aiming at the integration of third country nationals have become evident.