The Viennese Refugee Protest Camp organized a neighborhood festival for the people living around the monastery where the asylum-seekers currently reside. For us, the gathering was impressive: asylum-seekers, Austrian activists and locals together – including everyone from children to pensioners – spent the day dancing, cooking, talking and laughing.
The day was also fruitful in terms of networking and exchanging information, even though there are considerable differences in the situations of Migráns Szolidaritás in Hungary and the Refugee Protest Camp in Austria. Members of their group are mostly asylum-seekers who have been waiting for a decision on their legal status for years. Their central demand from the Austrian government is to recognize their problems and the impossibility of living in the legal limbo of asylum-seekers status for many years.
We found that people in Austria were interested in the current political developments in Hungary and how it affects refugees and asylum-seekers. Indeed, the predicament of refugees in Hungary cannot be separated from the wider political dynamics in the country.