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22 Nov 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Statement attributable to Afshan Khan, UNICEF Regional Director, Europe and Central Asia VIENNA/GENEVA, 22 November, 2017

“The recent reported suicide* of an 11 year-old Afghan boy in a refugee facility in Austria is a tragic reminder that European authorities need to pay greater attention to the deep psychosocial distress facing thousands of refugee children and children on the move.

10 Nov 2017 description

Interview with DDr* Dessi Desmond, Deserteurs- und Flüchtlingsberatung on the occasion of the entering into force of the latest Austrian Aliens Law Amendment Act

21 Oct 2017 description

Introduction

This report analyses data collected from refugees, asylum-seekers, and migrants currently living in the Austrian states of Burgenland, Carinthia, Lower Austria, Salzburg, Styria, Tyrol, Upper Austria, and Vorarlberg.

04 Oct 2017 description

Attitudes towards immigrants have hardened due to concerns about security and the economy

By Shadia Nasralla

VIENNA, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Ahmed Ali, a 34-year-old teacher, fled the war in Syria two years ago and settled in a quiet Austrian town on the hilly border with the Czech Republic. He was hoping to raise a family there.

Read more on Reuters.

31 Aug 2017 description

Austria strengthens commitment to humanitarian aid

“In 2016, Austria provided 55 million euros of humanitarian aid, the highest amount to date. These funds allowed us to help a total of 2.3 million people”, said Federal Minister Sebastian Kurz in a statement to mark World Humanitarian Day. More and more people are becoming caught up in humanitarian crises and are reliant on aid. The primary cause is armed conflicts, with prolonged conflicts or natural disasters.

26 Apr 2017 description

Vienna, Austria. On April 25, the OPEC fund for International Development (OFID), in cooperation with Sotheby's, hosted a benefit art auction in support of the Austrian Red Cross program: “Learning aid for refugee children and German courses for adults,” raising over €60,000. OFID has supported a number of initiatives aimed at promoting the integration of refugees in its host city of Vienna, and last year centered its 40 year anniversary celebrations around the plight of the refugees.

04 Apr 2017 description

UNHCR is campaigning for the reunification of refugee families to be made easier in Austria, where legal and technical obstacles can keep them apart.

Ziad Asaad and Kholoud Al-Nadir had a big, traditional Palestinian wedding in the refugee camp they called home in Syria. Ziad found asylum in Austria. He is praying to be reunified with his bride so they can resume married life.

“I think of her every day,” he said with a sigh. “What can I do? Just go to my German classes and try to concentrate.”   

15 Jan 2017 description

by Reuters
Sunday, 15 January 2017 14:35 GMT

The Alpine country was the last stop before Germany for many fleeing war and poverty at the beginning of the refugee crisis

VIENNA, Jan 15 (Reuters) - The number of migrants applying for asylum in Austria more than halved in 2016 and did not breach a cap introduced early last year to limit new arrivals, the interior ministry said on Sunday.

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30 Dec 2016 description

Refugee was forced to spend weeks shuttling between terminals in Moscow, Khartoum, Dubai and Havana after a series of countries all refused to admit him.

By: Mohammed Abu Asaker in Dubai, United Arab Emirates | 30 December 2016

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has helped reunite a Palestinian refugee with his wife in Austria after he spent more than a month shuttling between countries that all refused to admit him.

04 Aug 2016 description

Editorial

A watershed moment has occurred in the history of our 65 year-old organization: Member States of the United Nations (UN) through the General Assembly on 25 July 2016 unanimously adopted a resolution approving the agreement to make IOM a “Related Organization” of the UN. This paves the way for the agreement to be signed by the UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon and IOM Director General William Lacy Swing at the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September 2016 at the UN in New York.

29 Apr 2016 description

SG/SM/17711

Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s address to the Parliament of Austria, in Vienna today:

Es ist mir eine große Ehre, als erster internationaler Gast eine Ansprache in diesem Parlament halten zu dürfen. [I am deeply honoured to be the first international dignitary to address this Parliament.]

28 Apr 2016 description

27 April 2016, 14:11 UTC

The Austrian National Council must reject changes to its asylum law that would curtail access to protection for thousands of refugees and asylum-seekers and breach its obligations under international law, said Amnesty International ahead of today’s vote.

The proposed ‘special measures’ would fast-track procedures, effectively giving police and border guards sweeping powers to arrest, detain and swiftly return or forcibly deport asylum-seekers.

27 Apr 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

(Milan, April 27, 2016) – The law approved today by the National Council of the Austrian parliament is a blow to the rights of asylum seekers, Human Rights Watch said today.

02 Apr 2016 description
report Deutsche Welle

Austria and several states from Central and Eastern Europe intend to collaborate more closely to keep refugees out. In the future, military personnel could be deployed to help guard the EU's external borders.

25 Feb 2016 description

GENEVA (25 February 2016) – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Thursday expressed serious concern at security measures adopted at a recent meeting of the heads of police of five European countries*, which are already having a negative impact on the human rights of refugees and migrants in southern and central Europe, and are compounding the already exceptionally difficult situation in Greece.

14 Feb 2016 description

ZURICH, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Austria will start building new facilities to better protect its borders, notably the one with Italy, Chancellor Werner Faymann said in an interview published on Sunday, underlining efforts to limit admissions of migrants.

Austria recently built a 3.7 km (2.3 mile) fence at its busiest border crossing with Slovenia, Spielfeld, saying this would help manage the flow of new arrivals onto its territory.

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