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Police nab 56 refugees inside Austria

People smugglers are continuing to target Austria, as 56 victims of human trafficking were discovered this week in two separate operations.

Police nab 56 refugees inside Austria
A group of Syrian refugees. File photo: APA

On Wednesday, a truck was inspected and found to contain 39 Afghans, among whom there were 12 children.  One of the children, a nine-year-old boy, was severely disabled, and at least one of the women (25) was heavily pregnant.

The truck was intercepted on the A4 highway from Hungary near the Austrian town of Bruck an der Leitha.  The 39 people had been cooped up in the truck for several days.

The Afghans were taken to the nearby town of Bad Deutsch Altenburg for processing.  No arrests have yet been made in connection with the people smugglers.

A few hours later, yet another case of trafficking was discovered, involving ten Syrians and seven Iraqis in a vehicle in the nearby towns of Pachfurth and Gerhaus.

All 56 of the refugees have applied for asylum in Austria, however under the Dublin III accords, they are required to apply in the first EU country in which they arrive.

The previous week, a train from Italy was intercepted with 48 asylum seekers on board.

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ECONOMY

Diversity and jobs: How migrants contribute to Vienna’s economy

International business owners in Vienna bring in billions of euros in revenue and taxes each year, according to a recent survey by the Chamber of Commerce.

Diversity and jobs: How migrants contribute to Vienna's economy

New figures show that Vienna’s international entrepreneurs do more than simply boost diversity in Austria’s capital city – they also significantly contribute to the local economy.

The Wirtschaftskammer (Chamber of Commerce) has revealed that business owners in Vienna with a migration background generate € 8.3 billion in revenue and create around 45,500 jobs.

Plus, these companies pay around € 3.7 billion every year in taxes and duties, reports ORF.

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Walter Ruck, President of the Vienna Chamber of Commerce, said: “Companies with a migrant background not only enrich the diversity of the corporate landscape in Vienna, they are also an economic factor.”

Ruck added that more than 200 international companies move to the capital each year and said the diversity is helping Vienna to financially recover from the pandemic. 

The Chamber of Commerce considers a business owner to have a migration background if they were not born in Austria and/or they have a non-Austrian nationality.

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According to ORF, there are 34,000 entrepreneurs in Vienna with a migration background and 7,400 of those business owners have Austrian citizenship.

Additionally, 4,500 business owners have Slovakian nationality, 3,800 are from Romania and 2,600 have German citizenship.

The most popular business sector for people in Vienna with a migration background is retail, followed by real estate and technical services.

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