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The European Forum Alpbach invited mayors to a networking meeting

At the conclusion of the European Forum Alpbach 2015, 100 mayors looked for common solutions to the asylum accommodation crisis. In a participative and moderated process, they exchanged know-how and ideas about the admission of refugees. The aim was and is to convince more communities to provide those seeking protection with accommodation and to gather the relevant information together.

“Those who have already successfully taken on refugees will be able to report from their experiences. Those who still intend to house them will be able to take valuable know-how back to their communities”, said Franz Fischler, explaining the idea behind the spontaneously convened meeting.

Over the past weeks, numerous mayors and private individuals have demonstrated a great readiness to help refugees straightforwardly in their communities. “Unbelievable creativity, solidarity and helpfulness can be witnessed here”, says Fischler. “Through personal conversations here in Alpbach, we want to offer these pioneers the opportunity to exchange their experiences and knowledge with experts about the best way to deal with traumatised individuals.”

You can download a short summary with pictures of the network meeting in English here (PDF, 8MB).

The handbook will soon be available in English.

We thank all mayors, experts and participants for their contributions!

Attending Mayors and Experts

Attending mayors:

Stadtrat Peter Weidinger & Klubobmann Christian Pober | Villach
Roman Köpf | Röthis
Andreas Ehrenstrasser | Langkampfen
Martin Fischer | Pernitz
Alfons Rastner | Mühlbachl
Maximilian Harb | Volders
BGM. Mag. Peter Schönherr mit Amtsleiterin Mag. Jasmin Schwarz | Neustift im Stubaital
Dr. Gisella Mair | Mühlbach
Vize-Bgm. Dr. Siegfried SteinMair | Sand in Taufers (Südtirol)
Wilfried Berchtold | Feldkirch
Thomas Pinter | Meiningen
GR Maria Thurnwalder | Mieming
Ing. Hansjörg Gartlacher | Kolsass
Armin Berchtold | Schwarzenberg
Alois Aschberger | Wiesing
BGM Johann Schweiberer mitGemeindevorstand Josef weinberger und Fraktionsobmann Franz Wimmer  | Lochen am See
BGM Herbert Strasser Mit Amtsleiter Walter Humer | Waldkirchen am Wesen
Dr. Klaus Kandler | Amtsleiter Rum
Werner Müller | Klaus
Hilde Gaggl | Krumpendorf
Sonja Ottenbacher | Stuhlfelden
Karl Paradeiser, BGM A.D. | Dorfbeuern
Christian Loacker | Götzis
Dr. Carmen Kiefer | Vize-BGM Kuchl
Martin Schädle | Grän
BGM Günther Albel Mit Stadtrat DI Andreas Sucher | Villach
Christoph Weber | Sitzenberg-Reidling
Ing. Günther Brennsteiner | Niedernsill
Andreas Haitzer | Schwarzach i. Pg.
Landesrätin Martina Berthold
Dr. Ernst Hofer, MBA | Amtsleiter St. Johann
BGM. Wolgang Klinar mit Fritz Wollner | Seeboden am Millstättersee
Herbert Kuss | Guttaring
Hanspeter Wagner | Breitenwang
Mag. Maria Dorfinger | Amtsleiterin Lochen am See
DI Josef Hautz u. Gemeindevorstand Karin Griessmann | Steinach am Brenner
DI Gerhard Witting u. Vize-BGM Rupert Schuchter | Pfunds
Kurt Fischer | Lustenau
Andreas Egger | Aschau im Zillertal
Ing. Gerhard Zapfl | Nickelsdorf
LAbg. Herbert Thumpser | Traisen
Walter Pfeiffer | Wolfau
Peter Heger | Horitschon
Josef Lindner | Gutau
Dieter Posch | Neudörfl
Dr. Peter Hanser | Mils
Ing. Otmar Hiebaum | Markt Hartmannsdorf
Mag. Stefan Schmuckenschlager | Klosterneuburg
Ludwig Muxel | Lech
LAbg. Jürgen Maier | Horn
Josef Lindner | Puchau
Franc Jožef Smrtnik | Bad Eisenkappel – VELLACH
Isabella Blaha | Scharnitz
Angelika Schwarzmann | Alberschwende
Johann Rädler | Bad Erlach
Klaus Gasteiger | Kaltenbach
Ing. Otmar Hiebaum | Hartmannsdorf
Dieter Posch | Neudörfl
Martin Schuster | Perchtoldsdorf
anton Steiner | Prägraten a. G.
Christian Kogler | Puchenstuben
Engelbert Kenyeri | Rechnitz
Dr. Andreas Nunzer | Spitz an der Donau
Bernhard Deutsch | Strem
Martin Greisberger | Thalgau
DI (FH) Josef Kreiser | Zirl

Attending experts

Veronika Ehm | Flüchtlinge Willkommen Österreich
Christian Konrad | Asylkoordinator
Andreas Babler, MSc. | BGM. Traiskirchen
Georg Schärmer | Direktor der Caritas,  Diözese Innsbruck
Eva Eckhard |  ZEBRA, Beratung und Prozessbegleitung Quartier und Gemeinden
Christina Eder-HAslehner | Freundeskreis Flüchtlingsheim St. Gertraudi
Alexander Poschner | architekt
Mostafa Noori | 19-jähriger afghanischer Neuankömmling
Mary Kreutzer | KOMPA Caritas Wien
Christoph Riedl | Diakonie Österreich
Georg Schärmer | Direktor Caritas DiÖzese Innsbruck
Josef Sinkovits, Pamina Ackerbauer | respekt.net
Christian Hörl | Moderation, Art of Hosting
Martina Handler | Politikwissenschaftlerin, Moderation, Art of Hosting
Melinda Varfi und Joachim Schwendenwein | Moderation

Photos by Philipp Naderer and Michael Steindorfer.