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Magdas hotel - Caritas Vienna, Austria

Man working in a byke factory - Photo: Antonio Fantasia - Caritas Europa

What is offered:

A former retirement home was turned into an individually-designed 78-room boutique hotel with a €1.5m loan from Caritas and €60,000 raised through crowdfunding. It is run by trained refugees and experienced hotel staff and offers guests from around the world a smart, urban and multicultural “home” with an added social value: offering job opportunities to people who have very few opportunities on the regular labour market.

Objective:

Magdas Hotel is designed to be a role model in combatting poverty by creating new jobs for refugees, who would otherwise be far from the labour market. The hotel is a social business; its focus is not the maximisation of profit, but the maximisation of societal benefits and social inclusion.

Outcome:

Currently around 20 refugees from 16 different countries are fully employed at the hotel. The initiative was a finalist in the European Social Innovation Competition in 2013.
Further information can be found at: http://www.magdas-hotel.at/en/hotel/

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