Asylum seekers and migrants

Migrants are no longer a marginal group in Vienna but constitute an essential element of the local population. There are currently about 386,000 foreigners living in Vienna which amounts to approximately 22 percent of the overall population. Most of them by far come from Serbia and Montenegro and Turkey.

Matters concerning integration lie within the competence of Municipal Department 17 - Integration and Diversity (MA 17). Its activities are directed above all to providing a sound basis for implementing and further developing Vienna's integration and diversity policies.

As of January 1, 2003 non-EEA citizens who want to permanently reside in Austria must sign an integration agreement setting out their obligation to acquire basic knowledge of the German language. Special offers are available for families from abroad. Regional outlets of the Youth and Family Offices, as well as parent counselling centres offer interpreting services in Serbian, Croat, Bosnian and Turkish. A separate counselling centre for students from abroad has been established in the 15th district.

Assistance and information for immigrants and refugees

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