Asylkoordination, Austria was founded in 1991 as a coordinating body bringing together 40 organisations working with refugees, migrants and human rights across Austria. It engages with the national authorities, UNHCR and other actors in a bid to achieve about its aims. Its current activities include awareness-raising projects, research on the asylum systems in Austria, and advocacy activities.

Asylkoordination website


Caritas-Vienna provides legal advice and representation before the authorities and the courts for asylum seekers and migrants in irregular situations.

Caritas-Vienna website

Diakonie Flüchtlingsdienst

The Austrian Diakonie Refugee Service works in the following areas: Counselling, care and support, housing and accommodation, Education and training, Integration and Medical and psychotherapeutic treatment with asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and Austrians alike. Working in eight Austrian states, through 45 facilities, with close to 700 employees and approximately 600 volunteers, Refugee Service supports its clients so as to achieve their equality of opportunity, self-determination and full societal participation. The Diakonie Refugee Service defines itself as a human rights organisation; its work centres on advocacy for refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants. We work actively to prevent racism and discrimination through training and projects. In our public relations and lobbying work, we advocate for the legal, social and economic equality of foreigners who are permanent residents in Austria and Austrians alike.

Diakonie Flüchtlingsdienst website

Leonhard Call

Leonhard Call holds Master degrees in Law and Social Anthropology, both from the University of Vienna. He has been working as legal counsellor for refugees and asylum-seekers at Austrian NGOs since 2008. He also held positions at UNHCR Austria where he, inter alia, conducted research on birth registration and the identification and determination of statelessness. Areas of research and interest include: statelessness determination procedures, access of stateless persons to social rights, anthropology of human rights.

Marija Dobrić

Marija Dobrić is an LLM Candidate at the University of Cambridge. Previously, Marija was a research and teaching assistant at the Section for International Law and International Human Rights Law at Bundeswehr University Munich. She holds a degree in Law (Mag. iur.) from the University of Vienna. Besides her studies in Vienna, she has gained experience in international law through her Erasmus exchange semester at the University of Utrecht and her participation at the 57th Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. She is currently involved in research for her doctoral thesis on statelessness in international law. Apart from statelessness, her research includes human and fundamental rights as well as international dispute settlement.

Marija Dobrić website

Nowras Rahhal

Nowras Rahhal is a stateless scientist who was born as a stateless refugee in Syria in 1993. Despite the disadvantages, he was able to pursue his education. Major part of his education, as a child, was in a primary UNRWA school in Damascus. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical chemistry from the University of Damascus in 2016. He left Syria after 7 years of facing the Syrian civil war atrocities and arrived in Germany in 2018 to continue his studies in a master’s degree in Nanoscience. In 2020, he joined a research group at the Max Planck Institute and contributed to the development of a vaccine candidate for the SARS-CoV2 (Covid-19) pandemic. He is determined to raise more awareness on statelessness and to advocate for the rights of those who lack nationality.