Quotation Schmieder, Julia, Weber, Andrea. 2018. How did EU Eastern enlargement affect migrant labor supply in Austria? Focus on European Economic Integration, Q3, 113-121.




In this paper, we study the employment of workers from Central, Eastern and Southeastern European (CESEE) EU Member States in Austria after the Eastern enlargement of the European Union. To prevent a sudden rush of immigrants into the labor market, Austria opted for a Transition period during which immigration remained restricted. We will show that these restrictions had the anticipated effect; while the stock of workers from the new CESEE Member States increased slowly in Austria during the transition period, the trend became markedly steeper after the introduction of free labor market access. Between 2003 and 2016, the stock of workers from CESEE EU Member States in Austria increased fourfold by about 185,000 individuals. The largest immigrant groups are from Hungary, Romania and Poland. A large share of migrant workers are employed in seasonal industries and in border regions closest to their home countries.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Focus on European Economic Integration
Language English
Title How did EU Eastern enlargement affect migrant labor supply in Austria?
Volume Q3
Year 2018
Page from 113
Page to 121
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.oenb.at/dam/jcr:0eae40d5-44b7-41a6-8228-8d56d696fadb/10_How_did_EU_Eastern_enlargement_feei_2018_q3.pdf
DOI na
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://www.oenb.at/dam/jcr:0eae40d5-44b7-41a6-8228-8d56d696fadb/10_Ho


Schmieder, Julia (Former researcher)
Weber, Andrea (Details)
Department of Economics (Kartal) (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5323 Econometrics (Details)
5351 Public economy (Details)
5902 Labour market research (Details)
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