Update: May 6, 2022- The Austrian government collected almost €42 million in donations from citizens for its financial support for Ukraine. The donation drive termed “Neighbour in need” gathered €41.9 million – doubling the government’s foreign catastrophe fund.
Austria is not a member of Nato, as it has a neutral stance and is a non-aligned state. That being said, Austria actively cooperate in peace-support operations, and have developed practical cooperation in a range of other areas. With the conflict going on between Russia and neighboring country Ukraine, Austria stepped up to help displaced citizens by providing shelters and helping them find accommodation.
The Hauptbahnhof, Vienna’s main train station became the bridging point for those wanting to stay in Vienna or anywhere in Austria and for those travelling on to other countries. Train tickets are free, and the commendable charity, Caritas provide help. They have set up a booth for free food, drinks, and other basic needs for kids and pets (bottom photo).
Temporary Right of Residence and Assistance
Austria granted displaced citizens temporary residence in Austria, which means it’s not necessary to apply for asylum. The government also setup health and emergency assistance for Ukrainian citizens staying in the country.
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