Publications

Study: From Austria to Afghanistan. Forced return and a new migration cycle

A study by Ali Ahmad. VIDC 2021

The VIDC researched the question of how deportees in Afghanistan are doing after their return. For this purpose, we spoke with 16 Afghan men who had to return to Afghanistan from Austria between 2015 and 2020. The results of the interviews make it clear that deportations to Afghanistan should be suspended due to increasing violence, economic misery, loss of social networks and stigmatisation.


Contact for inquiries: Michael Fanizadeh
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Study: Spillovers. Die Auswirkungen des österreichischen Steuersystems auf sogenannte Entwicklungsländer.

Entrepreneurial activity very often takes place across borders. However, the taxation of globally generated corporate profits is based on national regulations. This leads to overlaps and (intended as well as unintended) interactions between national tax systems. This gives rise to so-called spillover effects. These spillovers can lead to tax revenues losses in other countries. Does the Austrian tax system generate such effects? The study sheds light on possible spillovers in corporate taxation, especially on so-called developing countries.

Contact for inquiries: Martina Neuwirth

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Report: Somali Diaspora Engagement in Austria

Report by Suad Mohamed und Jamal Mataan, VIDC 2020

Around 7,000 Somalis live in Austria. This makes them one of the larger “Africa communities”. But little is known about their diverse social, cultural, educational and transnational engagement. The Somali diaspora organisations in Austria highlighted in this report are chiefly engaged in integration-related activities; providing newcomers with information, orientation and support to assist their smooth transition to life in Austria. Focus areas include education, health, gender equality, democracy, participation, religion and sports. Furthermore, the Somali diaspora has a strong transnational network oriented towards its country of origin, with organisations and individual initiatives acting as bridge builders.

Contact for inquiries: Franz Schmidjell
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Study: Refugee Women as Agents for Peace. The UN Women, Peace and Security Agenda in the Context of Forced Displacement.

A study by Barbara Kühhas and Marie-Luise Möller. VIDC 2020

The UN “Women, Peace and Security” Agenda (UN Resolution 1325) calls for greater participation of women in peace processes, special protection against gender-based violence in (post) conflict situations, and gender sensitivity in the relief and recovery after armed conflicts. Women who had to flee to Europe are often not included in this agenda, although they can be important agents for peace and gender equality. The study analyzes the EU Regional Action Plan for UN Resolution 1325 in the context of forced displacement.

Contact for inquiries: Lena Gruber
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Study: A Guide to Afghan Diaspora Engagement in Europe. Examples of good practice and recommendations from the Vienna Networking Conference “Knowledge Transfer and Support”A study by


A study by Ali Ahmad. VIDC 2020

The guide presents development projects of Afghan diaspora organisations in Europe. The guide also contains recommendations from the networking conference "Knowledge Transfer and Support".

Contact for inquiries: Ali Ahmad and Michael Fanizadeh
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Study: A Climate of Fairness. Environmental Taxation and Tax Justice in Developing Countries

A study by Jacqueline Cottrell und Tatiana Falcão. VIDC 2018.

Countries of the Global South are particularly affected by climate change. But there is often a lack of (tax) revenues for adaptation measures. Can environmental taxes discourage environmentally harmful behaviour unattractive without increasing inequalities? Jacqueline Cottrell and Tatiana Falcão give a comprehensive overview of environmental taxes and their ecological, economic and social impacts in developing countries.

Contact for inquiries: Martina Neuwirth
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Study: Refugees return to poverty, unemployment and despair

A study by Ali Ahmad. VIDC 2018

The study on the situation of returnees in the Afghan labour market was developed within the framework of the project "Dard Kush - Improving the Livelihood of Afghan Refugees and their Pakistani Host Community", which is coordinated by Caritas Austria and Caritas St.Pölten and financed by the Austrian Development Agency.

Contact for inquiries: Ali Ahmad und Michael Fanizadeh
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Nach dem Putsch: 16 Anmerkungen zur „neuen“ Türkei

Herausgegeben von Ilker Ataç, Michael Fanizadeh, Volkan Ağar, VIDC. Mandelbaum Verlag 2018

Die Textsammlung eröffnet 16 alternative Sichtweisen auf die Türkei nach dem gescheiterten Putschversuch vom Juli 2016. Die Autor*innen diskutieren die Auswirkungen der Wahlen vom Juni 2018, das Bündnis von Nationalismus und Islamismus, die Situation von Minderheiten, Oppositionellen und Akademiker*innen, die kurdische Frage, die Medien- und Kulturpolitik, die türkische Außen- und Regionalpolitik, Geschlechterfragen und feministische Anliegen, die Flüchtlingspolitik und weitere neuralgische Punkte der „neuen“ Türkei.

Kontakt bei Anfragen: Michael Fanizadeh
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Krise, Revolte und Krieg in der arabischen Welt

Herausgegeben von Helmut Krieger, Magda Seewald, VIDC. Verlag Westfälisches Dampfboot 2017

Ausgehend von einer Veranstaltungsreihe des VIDC, entwerfen Wissenschaftler*innen und Aktivist*innen in 13 Beiträgen ein differenziertes Bild, wie ökonomische Krisen, konterrevolutionäre Entwicklungen und Krieg im Laufe der letzten Jahre zu umfassenden Verwerfungen geführt haben. Verknüpft mit der Kritik an ‚westlichen‘ Erzählungen über die arabische Welt, kann damit der Raum für emanzipatorische Alternativen trotz Krise und Krieg ausgelotet werden.

Kontakt bei Anfragen: Magda Seewald
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Türkei. Kontinuitäten. Veränderungen, Tabus

Herausgegeben von Ilker Ataç, Michael Fanizadeh, VIDC. Mandelbaum Verlag 2016

Das vorliegende Buch vermittelt in seinen 16 Beiträgen den politisch-wissenschaftlichen Diskurs, den das VIDC im Rahmen seiner Vortragsreihe zur Türkei in den Jahren 2011 - 2016 initiiert hat. Die breite Beachtung, die die Vorträge gefunden haben, sowie seine mediale Rezeption reflektieren auch die vielfältigen Beziehungen der in Österreich lebenden Türk*innen, die sich in großer Zahl daran beteiligt und in angeregten Diskussionen  gezeigt haben, wie bei allen Gegensätzen und unterschiedlichen Auffassungen sachlich-respektvoller  Dialog Verbundenheit stiftet.

Kontakt bei Anfragen: Michael Fanizadeh
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Study: Austrian Tax Treaties signed with Developing Countries - a Legal and Economic Analysis

A study by Julia Braun and Daniel Fuentes. VIDC 2014.

Governments are losing substantial tax revenues due to tax planning and tax avoidance. Double tax agreements (DTAs) can cause revenue losses, especially for countries of the global South. The study aims at answering the question whether Austria´s DTAs are beneficial (or harmful) to those developing countries with which such agreements were signed.

Contact for inquiries: Martina Neuwirth
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Research paper: "A Legal and Economic Analysis of Austria's Double Tax Treaty Network with Developing Countries"