In response to the migrant crisis in Europe, ERBER Group exercises social responsibility

ERBER Group exercises social responsibility - iStock / Route55The conflict in Syria continues to be by far the biggest driver of migration. But the ongoing violence in Afghanistan and Iraq, abuses in Eritrea as well as poverty in many other Middle East and African countries are sparking a crisis as European countries struggle to cope with the influx, creating division in the EU over how best to deal with migration and resettling.

As part of our longstanding commitment to corporate social responsibility, the ERBER Group offered the use of several buildings to an organization that cares for asylum seekers in Austria.

Office rooms became bedrooms, meeting rooms became social rooms. Kitchens and showers were built – and the existing football field behind the building can be used for recreational activities!

Since December 2015, 46 unaccompanied minors and 44 refugees – mainly families from Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan are our guests and are waiting for their asylum decision. 14 social workers allow a 24/7 supervision and help them adapt to their new surroundings. Many expenses for food, living, care and some German classes for the minors are paid by the Austrian government. More German classes, visits to doctors and schools for the pupils and many other things had to be organized by volunteers and our partner, the Jesuit Refugee Service.

These people have set a course for a better life, a life in peace, with opportunities for education, work and self-determination.

The ERBER Group engages in social responsibility year in, year out. By treating asylum seekers as guests, the Group’s support will help them in their long journey towards a new future.