20. 06. 12. - 16:59
Number of asylum seekers rising
New figures released today on International Asylum Day reveal that the number of people seeking asylum in Austria has increased by 30 per cent in the past five months compared to the same five months in 2011.
The reception centre in Traiskirchen has well over the 800 allocated places full. There is an increasing problem housing the asylum seekers who are waiting for approval.
Many stay in local guest houses while others are housed in asylum quarters organized by aid organizations.
Many aid organizations criticize that many asylum seekers are forced to wait years for a decision about their asylum status. Caritas criticizes that the people are left waiting in a state of limbo while the long asylum process is carried out.
Johannes Jurka, from the St. Gabriel Asylum Home, said: "They struggle to fill their days and get into a normal routine. Many young men struggle to fill their time whereas women often fill their time looking after children and the household."
Caritas wants asylum seekers to be able to work after six months in the country and for young people to be able to begin a course.