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Unraveling the Challenges Faced by Ukrainian Grandmother, Mother, and Granddaughter in Exile: The Long Road to Integration and a New Future in Austria


Feb 13, 2024
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, they had to flee their city of origin due to the dangerous war with Russia. They now find themselves in exile together in Austria, trying to integrate while facing the reality that a quick return to their homeland may not be possible.

Irina is 64 years old and has dedicated herself to volleyball. She has formed a circle of friends and continues to participate in local tournaments. Marina is 43 years old and found a job at a supermarket in Vienna. She worked her way up from the bakery department to become head cashier. Her daughter Katia is 17 years old and is studying remotely at a Viennese high school with the goal of obtaining the Austrian high school diploma in 2025. The three women have worked hard to integrate into the local community, finding an apartment and making the most of their new lives in Austria.

While many Ukrainian refugees are building their future in their host countries, the situation is complicated for women whose husbands are on the front lines. As the conflict drags on, the initial wind of solidarity for refugees has lost strength, and 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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