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Austria: Rights and obligations provided to a holder of a card issued in 2002 bearing the title Vorläufige Aufenthaltsberechtigung Republik -sterreich Bundesasylamt - Bescheinigung Art. 19 AsyIG

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 April 2004
Citation / Document Symbol AUT42517.E
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Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Austria: Rights and obligations provided to a holder of a card issued in 2002 bearing the title Vorläufige Aufenthaltsberechtigung Republik -sterreich Bundesasylamt - Bescheinigung Art. 19 AsyIG, 1 April 2004, AUT42517.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/41501be91c.html [accessed 21 October 2014]
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The reference to "Bescheinigung gem. Art. 19 AsylG" on the sample card submitted to the Research Directorate indicates that the document's legal basis is Article 19 of the Federal Law Concerning the Granting of Asylum (1997 Asylum Act) (Austria 14 July 1997a), which is known as Bundesgesetz über die Gewährung von Asyl (Asylgesetz 1997, AsylG) in German (ibid. 14 July 1997b). The statement "vorläufige aufenthaltsberechtigung" on the sample card refers to the aufenthaltsberechtigungskarte (ibid. 14 July 1997b, Art. 36b.(1)), which is known in English as a "residence entitlement card" (ibid 14 July 1997a, Art. 19.1). Residence entitlement cards provide proof that bearers are undergoing Federal Asylum Agency (Bundesasylamt [ibid. Art. 37]) asylum procedures and have a right to residency in Austria (ibid. 14 July 1997a, Art. 19.(1)). The sample provided to the Research Directorate matches the description of the resident card provided in Article 36b the Asylum Law (ibid., Art. 36b.(3)).

Residence entitlement cards are valid for the duration of its bearer's asylum procedure (ibid., Art. 36b.(1); ibid. 14 May 2002) and are to be returned upon completion of the procedure (ibid. 14 July 1997a, Art. 36b.(2)). The purpose of the card is to identify its bearer as an asylum seeker and prove his or her identity and lawful residence in Austria for the period of the asylum procedure (ibid., Art. 36b.(1); ETC Nov. 2002, 13). The 2003 European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) report on asylum conditions in Austria stated that the card may help prevent refugees from being arrested and detained for illegal entry or residence (2003, 8). Please consult pages 19 to 32 of the ECRE report, listed in the reference list below, for information concerning the social entitlements of asylum seekers in Austria.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

References

Austria. 14 May 2002 "Autorisation provisoire de séjour-République d'Autriche, Office fédéral des réfugiés: Attestation délivrée en conformité de l'Art. 19 de la Loi autrichienne sur les réfugiés." Translated by the Multilingual Translation Directorate of the Department of Public Works and Government Services Canada.

_____. 14 July 1997a. Federal Law Concerning the Granting of Asylum (1997 Asylum Act). Unofficial Consolidated Version. (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees [UNHCR]) [Accessed 26 Mar. 2004]

_____ [in German]. 14 July 1997b. Bundesgesetz über die Gewährung von Asyl (Asylgesetz 1997 - AsylG) (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees [UNHCR]) [Accessed 26 Mar. 2004]

European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE). 2003. "Austria." Legal and Social Conditions for Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Europe, 2003. [Accessed 26 Mar. 2004]

European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (ETC). November 2002. Christoph Weritsch, Gerlinde Taferl, Florian Reininger and Verena Lahousen. "Austria." Refugee Contribution to Europe. A Feasibility Study on the Establishment of a Fund for Refugee Employment and Education (FREE) in the European Union. (Overlegcentrum voor Integratie van Vluchtelingen, Brussels) [Accessed 25 Mar. 2004]

Additional Sources Consulted

IRB Databases

Internet sites, including: 1997 Alien's Act, Austrian Ministry of the Interior, Council of Europe, EUMAP, EurAsylum, Migration News Sheet, Migration Policy Insitute, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Copyright notice: This document is published with the permission of the copyright holder and producer Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB). The original version of this document may be found on the offical website of the IRB at http://www.irb-cisr.gc.ca/en/. Documents earlier than 2003 may be found only on Refworld.

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