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A Vienna Hotel, Run by Refugees

Dec 11, 2015 | 682 videos
Video by Thomson Reuters Foundation

Most of the staff at the Magdas Hotel in Vienna, Austria, are refugees. From the receptionists, to the cleaners, to the cooks—many once risked perilous journeys to escape persecution or conflict. With an investment of 1.5 million euros, Caritas, a Catholic charity, set up the social enterprise to give refugees a chance to learn the hotel trade while on the job. The hotel serves as a testament that refugees can be trained to work and that they bring skills to their new host countries, as this short film by the Thomson Reuters Foundation explains. More than simply providing jobs to asylum seekers, the Magdas Hotel is a political statement in a nation that might view refugees as trouble.

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Author: Nadine Ajaka

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