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Austria hosts around 146,000 refugees and subsidiary protection holders and over 18,000 asylum-seekers. Most refugees come from Syria (close to 58,000) and Afghanistan (around 41,000), which are also the top nationalities of asylum-seekers.

UNHCR has been present in Austria since 1951 and saw its first emergency with the Hungarian uprising in 1956. In addition to the UNHCR office, Vienna is also home to the UNHCR Liaison Office to international organisations like the OSCE, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. 

UNHCR’s work in Austria focuses on protecting recognised refugees, holders of subsidiary protection, asylum-seekers and stateless persons. This includes monitoring country laws, reception and integration conditions as well as advocating for persons under UNHCR's mandate with authorities and relevant stakeholders.  

The office regularly organises public information and awareness-raising activities, with a strong focus on educating young people on refugee issues. 

Additional information

For information about our work in Austria:


Are you a refugee or asylum-seeker in Austria? Find information about your rights and available services on our HELP site.

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Austria website

Visit the UNHCR Austria website for more information on our work in the area and the latest local news and stories.

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Legislation and guidance

For legislation, case law and UNHCR policy relating to claims for international protection, visit Refworld.

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Office contact details

The UNHCR National Office in Austria

Street Address:
Wagramer Strasse 5, 1400 Vienna, Austria
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 550, 1400 Vienna, Austria
Time Zone:
GMT + 1
Working Hours
Monday: 09:00 - 17:30
Tuesday: 09:00 - 17:30
Wednesday: 09:00 - 17:30
Thursday: 09:00 - 17:30
Friday: 09:00 - 17:30
Saturday: closed
Sunday: closed
Public Holidays:
03 January 2022, New Year¿s Day
15 April 2022, Good Friday
18 April 2022, Easter Monday
02 May 2022, May Day
03 May 2022, Eid al-Fitr
11 July 2022, Eid al-Adha
26 October 2022, Austrian National Day
26 December 2022, Christmas Day
27 December 2022, St. Stephen¿s Day