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03/07/2013

In Austria, immigrant mothers get help with important language skills

In the Austrian region of Carinthia, an initiative organised by the public employment service (AMS) has given women from immigrant backgrounds the chance to improve their language skills and integrate better. In the ‘Garden Children’ project, six women with young children spent seven months building a garden at the Saint Ruprecht’s nursery.

The project helped them look after their children while improving their language skills. “These women are all well-educated,” explained Wolfgang Orasch of the AMS, “but it is difficult for them to enter the labour market without some ‘bridging’ help.” In addition to the AMS, the project was supported by the city of Klagenfurt and the ESF.