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New refugee centre in Vienna full

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11:21 CEST+02:00
A few weeks after the opening of a new asylum seeker's centre in Vienna's Landstrasse district, all 350 places are fully occupied, according to a report in news daily Kronen Zeitung.

After seeing increasing numbers of refugees arriving and causing overcrowding in refugee centres such as Traiskirchen, the Austrian federal government opened a new accommodation centre in a former customs police school in Erdberg.

After recent criticism about the quality of accommodation in the building, reporters were invited to see the situation for themselves.  

Refugees are housed in a mixture of single and double rooms, and have access to a shared canteen with a food bank. A catering company has been hired to provide meals.

Residents are offered regular German courses. A children's playroom is planned for later in the year.  Legal advice is offered on Mondays.

The asylum seekers interviewed on Wednesday said they were satisfied with the accommodation. Above all the privacy the rooms offer was highlighted as a positive in comparison to the large dormitories in Traiskirchen.

The refugees are mainly from Syria, Iraq and Ukraine.

Local charities are asking for donations of clothing, shoes, children's toys and books (in English, Arabic, French or Russian), which can be dropped off at the centre in Erdbergstrasse 186-190, or at a second centre in Althanstrasse 39 in the 9th district. 

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