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Frankie Goes to Ottakring

Frankie Goes to Ottakring

At Brunnenmarkt in Ottakring you can get a kilo of ripe tomatoes or juicy peaches for €1 – a decent price, that makes Brunnenmarkt and nearby Yppenplatz popular with immigrants and young hipsters who enjoy their late-afternoon breakfast at one of the market restaurants.  Its melting pot character has also made the area a battleground […]

Expat Emergencies

Expat Emergencies

More than half a million foreigners live in Vienna. But in moments of crisis, in an unfamiliar legal system and lacking a firm social network, things can be difficult, and at times even dangerous. From free legal advice to support groups for bi-national couples, here are suggestions on where to get started if problems occur. […]

Integration: A Paradigm Shift

Integration: A Paradigm Shift

A hundred years ago, in 1913, there were 2.1 million people in Vienna, larger than the 1.7 who live here today – as mix of Serbs an, Poles, Turks, Hungarians, and of course, Germans, who represent the largest immigrant group in Vienna and Austria today. Austria, which stretched from Lake Constance to the Black Sea […]

Integrating the Germans

With German immigrants now constituting the largest minority in Austria as of 2010, the city of Vienna has decided to take action. The Municipal Department for Integration and Diversity and representatives from the German community now offer “information modules” every quarter at the Expat-Center to help Germans better prepare for life in the city. Until […]

Swiss limit EU immigrants

Beginning on 1 June, Switzerland is limiting immigration from all EU states for a period of one year. Switzerland signed up to the bloc’s rules on freedom of movement in 1999, but the agreement included a “safeguard clause” allowing a cap on work permits if annual influx exceeds a certain number. A government statement said […]

Is the ‘Race’ Race Finally Over?

Is the ‘Race’ Race Finally Over?

It’s been an interesting month at Biber, the hip Viennese magazine for second-generation migrants. The April cover feature, “Mischlinge: Erkennst du den Mix?” – a kind of match-the-faces-to-the-races quiz – stirred critiques from the major Vienna newspapers followed by a long trail of impassioned comments on social media platforms. Mischling is a tricky word to […]

Immigrants’ Rights

Immigrants’ Rights

Voting Rights for Foreigners: Frustration Politics, 19 March  by Andrea Heigl When discussing looming elections or referendums with friends, there is a group of people who can only shrug their shoulders at the subject. Many people in Austria cannot make such choices, they are, in fact, not allowed to choose – no citizenship, no right […]

Kurz Cares About The Card

Kurz Cares About The Card

Say you’re from a non-EU country – America, say, or Singapore, or South Africa – and decide to study in Austria. Maybe you arrived here with your parents as a child, or you fell in love with an Austrian, or simply decided to study here because it was cheap. Whatever the reason, you’re here now, […]

Seeking Sanctuary: Refugees Protest Asylum Law

Seeking Sanctuary: Refugees Protest Asylum Law

It was freezing outside the Votivkirche in mid-January as a small group of journalists waited for the Caritas social workers to open the doors. “You’ll have to wait about an hour,” we were finally told. “There are just too many journalists in there now.” The security guards, hired by Caritas, turned away a few unknowing […]

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