Since Autumn 2015 Europe’s cities have been affected by one of greatest refugee crisis in centuries. Samaritan Austria responded by immediately opening refugee shelters in Austria’s hot spots. One of the shelters was situated in a leisure park called Schwarzlsee near Graz, which is the second-largest city in Austria. The refugees were accommodated in two halls with a total capacity of 1,400 people. Between 14 September 2015 and 4 March 2016 more than 4,800 residents lived in the Schwarzlsee refugee shelter. The shelter was first used for transit refugees and afterwards for asylum-seekers who were waiting for accommodation within the basic care programme (Grundversorgung).
Samaritan Austria provided housing, food and medical care. Additionally, teachers provided language training for adult refugees and activities for kids.