The Austrian Integration Fund (ÖIF) is a fund of the Republic of Austria and a partner of the federal government in promoting integration.
- Persons entitled to asylum, persons entitled to subsidiary protection and third-country nationals
- People with a migration background
- Institutions, organizations and multipliers in the area of integration, social and education
- Austrian society
Foundation & tasks
The ÖIF was founded in 1960 by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BM.I) under the name “United Nations Refugee Fund”. The Hungarian crisis of 1956 and the associated wave of refugees had made it clear that Austria needed an appropriate institutional framework to care for refugees.
After being spun off from the BM.I in 1991, 2002 marked a milestone in the history of the ÖIF. From then on, the performance profile of the ÖIF was expanded and the ÖIF has been jointly responsible for the implementation of the integration agreement. In this context, the ÖIF conducts German examinations across Austria at various language levels and evaluates German integration courses for ongoing quality assurance.
With integration centers in Vienna, St. Pölten, Eisenstadt, Linz, Graz, Salzburg, Klagenfurt, Innsbruck and Bregenz as well as mobile advice centers in communities, the ÖIF supports refugees and immigrants in their integration process in Austria with advice and information.