It came as little surprise when Austria announced its decision not to sign the Global Compact on Migration (GCM). But rather than creating a scandal it all looks rather sad. International cooperation on migration and asylum will continue, regardless of the self-destructive approach of one or two little land-locked countries. Along with Hungary, Austria has its head in the sand, the Austrich, trying to deny that migration exists.
Refugees have formed their own organization to help them integrate fully into Austrian society.
By Helen Womack in Vienna, Austria
In a cool museum on a hot day, we stand spellbound before a screen that shows how heat is radiating from our bodies. “Looks like art, but it is science,” someone whispers.
Members of the non-profit, self-help association Refugees for Refugees (R4R) have chosen Vienna’s Technical Museum for their latest group outing to a museum.
Three refugees from Syria have set up a self-help network that organizes language classes and a summer school for children.
By Helen Womack in Vienna, Austria | 27 July 2018
Thirty children who would otherwise have been sitting at home for the holidays are now able to benefit from a summer school in Vienna run by three volunteers from Syria who are committed to helping fellow refugees.
GENEVA/VIENNA (6 July 2018) – Austria must address the root causes of violent extremism and radicalisation to stop its nationals and residents travelling abroad to fight in conflict zones such as Iraq and Syria, says a group of UN experts.
Vienna, Austria - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today published its legal analysis on the draft amendments to the asylum law, calling on the Austrian Government to uphold its commitment to protection sensitive asylum policies.
UNHCR is concerned about several proposed new regulations, including the seizure of cash and electronic devices of asylum-seekers, and a prolonged waiting period for refugees before they are able to apply for Austrian citizenship.
"We felt there was a political obligation to support refugees from day one so that they have better prospects”
By Lin Taylor
LONDON, March 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Like most teenagers, Ranim has yet to decide on a career. But the 17-year-old is certain of one thing: She must keep studying to make up for the time she spent out of school, fleeing the war in Syria to reach Austria's capital.
By the Deserteurs- und Flüchtlingsberatung Wien, a counselling office based in Vienna who is offering free legal counseling for people in asylum or foreign police procedures.
In 2014 the OECD carried out work to take stock of OECD countries' achievements in building resilience to major natural and man-made disasters. The report suggested that albeit significant achievements were made through effective risk prevention and mitigation management, past disasters have revealed persistent vulnerabilities and gaps in risk prevention management across OECD. Based on the findings of this OECD-wide report a cross-country comparative study was undertaken in Austria, France and Switzerland to test the recommendations put forward in specific country contexts.
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.
Interview with DDr* Dessi Desmond, Deserteurs- und Flüchtlingsberatung on the occasion of the entering into force of the latest Austrian Aliens Law Amendment Act
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.
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.
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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.
Austria has sharply increased the number of people it places in immigration detention after years of declining detainee populations. While it continues the controversial practice of placing immigration detainees in “Police Detention Centres,” the country opened a new dedicated immigration detention centre in 2014, which is partly operated by the controversial multinational security company G4S. The country has also announced plans to significantly boost removals, focusing mainly on people from the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa.
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.
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.”
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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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