SOS Children’s Villages ensures that children grow up with the care, protection and relationships they need to become their strongest selves (photo: SOS Children’s Villages in Austria).

The Republic of Austria is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It is surrounded by Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. More than 8 million people live in Austria with the capital city of Vienna being home to almost 2 million.

SOS Children's Villages was founded in 1949 as a response to the misery of children growing up without parental care in post-war Austria. In the following decades, the organization grew both within Austria and abroad.

Children are at risk

It is estimated that 380.000 children in Austria grow up in poverty. In spite of the fact that all children have access to free education, those from families with lower incomes are less likely to succeed in school. Poverty in Austria especially affects single-parent households, single retired women, families with more than three children and persons with non EU/EFTA citizenship.
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Children grows up in poverty

Child poverty

Disadvantages that parents experience due to material poverty are likely to be passed on to children. Poverty in Austria especially affects families with migrant or refugee background, children whose parents are unemployed or unable to work, or children with chronically ill parents. Children who grow up in poverty are more vulnerable to the effects of deprivation, facing long-term consequences to their development, educational outcomes, as well as their physical and mental health.

Young people are unemployed

Youth unemployment

Unemployment affects more than 6% of the working force in Austria. However, around 8% of young people (aged 15-24) are unemployed, due to skills gaps, a lack of job-specific experience, and temporary work contracts. Young people who experience unemployment at an earlier age are more likely to face fewer development opportunities, lower wage levels as well as poorer prospects for better jobs in the long-term.

Of young people experience symptoms of depression

Mental health

In Austria, around 41% of 18 to 24-year-olds experience symptoms of depression. Young people from poorer socio-economic backgrounds, in precarious financial situations or facing unemployment are more likely to suffer from depression. While the Austrian healthcare system is known for nearly universal coverage and accessibility of services, mental healthcare services are often difficult and costly to access.

Together we can make a difference for children in Austria

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The ‘Family Café’ in Vienna was established to support children and families who fled the war in Ukraine. Children aged between 6 and 12 receive support with their homework and learning two afternoons a week, while parents and caregivers can relax over coffee and cake while exchanging experiences and gaining support and information on life with children in Vienna. (Photo: Lydia Mantler)