25% of People in Austria Have Migrant Roots

In 2023, Austria saw a notable increase in its foreign population, with one in four people having a migration background, as indicated by the Statistics Austria, the country’s statistical office.

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More specifically, the number of residents with a migration background reached 2.45 million, accounting for over 27 per cent of the total population in Austria, Schengen.News reports.

Such a figure also represents a 35 per cent increase compared to 2015, when the number of foreign residents stood at 1.81 million. According to the Director General of Statistics Austria, Tobias Thomas, the number of residents with a migrant origin has increased constantly since then.

More than a quarter of the population in Austria has a migrant background. Since 2015, the proportion has risen steadily from 21.4 per cent to 27.2 per cent.

Tobias Thomas, Director General at Statistics Austria

Germans Represent the Largest Foreign Population in Austria

With more than 1.8 million people, Germans emerged as the most common foreign nationality living in Austria as of January 1, 2024.

Consequently, Germans are the most representative foreign country in the Austrian labour market, constituting nearly 13 per cent of the total. As of February 2024, 127,938 Germans were employed in Austria, according to the Austrian Social Insurance.

Following Germans, the most common foreign nationalities in Austria were Romanians (153,400), Turks (122,200), and Serbians (114,289).

Meanwhile, the top foreign nationalities that increased the most since 2015, are Syrians (+83,900), Romanians (+80,100), Ukrainians (+72,100), German (+62,300) and Hungarian (+52,300).

According to Thomas, without immigration, the population in 2080 would decrease to the figures recorded in 1950.

Austria’s population has been growing for decades due to immigration, particularly in recent years due to the arrival of refugees. Without immigration, the population would shrink to the level of the 1950s by 2080.

Tobias Thomas, Director General at Statistics Austria

Over 72% of Migrants in Austria Feel a Sense of Belonging

The recent survey by the Statistics Austria further revealed that most immigrants feel positively connected to Austria, with more than 72 per cent expressing a sense of belonging to the country.

In particular, individuals born in Syria, Iran, and Bosnia and Herzegovina showed a strong bond with Austria.

Not only have many of the immigrants arrived here physically, the majority of them have positive ties to Austria. Almost three quarters of those born abroad feel a sense of belonging to Austria.

Tobias Thomas, Director General at Statistics Austria

When it comes to living together, data shows that Austrians perceive it as more critical than migrants do. More specifically, 23.2 per cent of people born in Austria rate coexistence with migrants as “very good” or “fairly good”, whereas 55.8 per cent of immigrants rate the coexistence between Austrians and migrants as “very good“ or “rather good“.