February 24, 2024 12:21 pm
Three generations of Ukrainian women enduring perpetual exile in Austria

Irina, Marina, and Katia are a grandmother, mother, and granddaughter originally from Mikolaiv, southern Ukraine. However, due to the dangerous war with Russia, they had to flee their city of origin and now find themselves in exile together in Austria. They are trying to integrate into their new community while facing the reality that a quick return to their homeland may not be possible. There are 6 million Ukrainian exiles in Europe, which marks an unprecedented wave of displacement since World War II.

Marina has found a job in a supermarket and worked her way up from the bakery department to become head cashier. Her daughter, Katia, is studying remotely at a Viennese high school with the goal of obtaining the Austrian high school diploma in 2025. Irina has dedicated herself to volleyball and has formed a circle of friends. The three women have worked hard to integrate into their new lives in Austria by finding an apartment and making the most of their opportunities.

While many Ukrainian refugees are building their future in their host countries, there are challenges for women whose husbands are on the front lines. As the conflict drags on, volunteers are finding it difficult to help women find jobs and learn the language. The burden on Austrians who have opened their homes to refugees is also growing, and there is concern about the long-term impact on the communities hosting the refugees.

In neighboring Germany, which is home to over a million refugees

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