Using administrative data we observe refugees entering the Austrian labour market between 2001 and 2016 and analyse trends in the employment prospects over time. Therefore, we group the refugees into five successive cohorts and compare their success in taking up employment after gaining access to the labour market access. The theoretical framework we use to analyse and explain differential employment prospects across cohorts distinguishes individual characteristics and contextual factors, or supply and demand side factors. We consider refugees from 28 different source countries. Information on origin country labour market participation is used to proxy labour market experience of refugees.