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Check In to This Hotel Run by Refugees

Check In to This Hotel Run by Refugees

As refugees from North Africa and Syria continue to flee violence and make their way to Europe, one hotel has found a way to welcome them to their new homes—by providing them with jobs.

The Magdas Hotel in Vienna, Austria, employs refugees and asylum seekers at a chic, 78-room former retirement home. The boutique hotel pairs 20 refugees with 10 hotel industry experts, giving them both an income and long-term job training.

Though it was founded by a Catholic nonprofit, Magdas aims to be a sustainable business that shows how valuable refugees are to European society.

“They are open-minded, they speak many languages, they are warm-hearted, they like to work, they are engaged,” says founder Gabriela Sonnleitner. “They really want to contribute to the country. It’s a big chance for Austria if we get young, talented, motivated people who want to work, and I think we should make use of these talents.”

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