What it means to have to witness a war is difficult for most people to imagine. Terror, violence and destruction throw those affected in Ukraine into chaos, the supply of food, hygiene and urgently needed medicines no longer work. And the constant fear for the safety of one’s own family, or the knowledge that even schools or residential areas are being hit by explosive devices, robs people of their sleep. The daily bad news ultimately persuades those affected to pack up the bare essentials and leave their homeland, which has become a war zone, as quickly as possible. Millions of people have already made their way to neighboring countries such as Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, but more and more refugees are now also arriving in Austria.
Aid organizations are already working at full speed to help those who have fled their long journey into the unknown to ensure food, emergency sleeping places and urgent medical aid. And fortunately, the willingness to help in the country is great: people are provided with clothing and toys, but also with important information about their options until they return home. At the political level, people are already thinking about how to integrate Ukrainians into the domestic labor market.
One of the biggest challenges after the first basic supply is to find enough quarters for the displaced people. The good news: Numerous companies from the domestic industry want to make a contribution. The Federation of Industry has therefore launched the “Our Industry Helps” initiative. The aim is to optimally coordinate the offers in order to be able to provide fast and precise help where it is needed. Georg Knill, President of the Federation of Industrialists: “We are deeply affected by the misery and suffering of the people in Ukraine and those who have already fled to us. We want to help these people quickly, unbureaucratically and effectively. This applies in particular to the rapid provision of suitable neighborhood quarters.”