Since 2013, Austria has implemented a humanitarian admission program (HAP) for Syrian refugees. This program has been developed as direct assistance to Syrian refugees in crisis region and it is being implemented independently from regular asylum procedures.
The overarching goal of the HAP is to support Syria’s neighboring states and to manifest the international community’s solidarity. The most important target group of the HAP encompasses particularly vulnerable cases, in particular women and children, torture survivors as well as persecuted minorities, such as Christians.
Since the beginning of the implementation 1,500 Syrian refugees have been admitted and arrived to Austria, mainly from Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. The program is being implemented by IOM in cooperation with the Austrian Ministry of the Interior, the Federal Office for Asylum and Immigration, the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the UNHCR and the Resettlement working group composed of NGOs mandated to support the integration of the refugees. In the current phase (HAP III, 2016-17) 400 further refugees will be assisted to legally travel to Austria.
In the frame of this project, IOM provides the following services:
Health check-ups and medical assistance
Pre-departure orientation trainings
Organization and logistical arrangements
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This project is financed by the European Commission, the Austrian Ministry for Internal Affairs, the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and External Affairs and implemented in cooperation with IOM, the UNHCR as well as the Resettlement work group.