JRS active since: 2015
Austria has a long history of providing shelter to refugees and other forcibly displaced populations. After the Hungarian Revolution in 1956, 200,000 refugees came to Austria from Hungary. More than 90,000 people also arrived from Bosnia during the Balkan wars in the 1990s. More recently, almost 30,000 refugees were granted asylum in the country in 2017, with a majority coming from Syria and Afghanistan. Austria also has a very young refugee population as 85 per cent of asylum seekers are under the age of 35.
Our Work in Austria
JRS Austria works to advocate for the rights of refugees in the changing political climate of Europe, and offers tutoring, language courses, and theatre groups to help asylum seekers better integrate into Austrian society. JRS has also established the “locugee” project where local students and refugees live together with a Jesuit. The projects aims to foster social and cultural exchange and inter religious dialogue.