Cultural Trainings for Young Refugees

Since 2012, the IOM Country Office for Austria has been implementing the project CulTrain – Cultural Orientation Trainings for Young Refugees. These trainings are designed as a post-arrival integration measure and offer comprehensive information regarding Austria and its people. Thus, the objective is to facilitate the integration process.

Key facts

  • Trainings are offered all over Austria and are free of charge
  • Duration is highly flexible: from 3 half days during the week to 1.5 days on weekends
  • Contents are divided into three modules, being:
    • The Country and its People
    • Living Together
    • Politics and Daily Life
  • Each participant receives an accompanying booklet, a certificate of participation and a voucher worth € 20,- as a small thank-you for taking part in our trainings
  • Eligibility criteria for the beneficiaries are
    • Aged 14-27 years
    • German language competences from A1 onwards
    • Being granted asylum (§3) or Subsidiary Protection (§8)

Additional elements

Intercultural Events are organized together with Austrian youth organizations within the framework of the trainings in order to facilitate contact between the beneficiaries and Austrian youth.

Extracurricular activities in the form of excursions or external workshops take place in cooperation with specialized service providers. As a result the beneficiaries get to know various offers of support and are able to deepen the knowledge acquired during the trainings.


Pictures of the trainings and new training appointments can be found on our Facebook site.


Short description of the project
Information on the Intercultural Events (in German)
Information on Extracurricular Activities (in German)
Address Booklet (in German)
Accompanying Booklet (in German)
Curriculum (in German)
Evaluation Report


In June 2016 the project CulTrain has been introduced as part of the presentation of the book: “INTEGRATION nach vor DENKEN” at the Austrian Parliament. The essays in this book closely examine how Austria is coping with migrants as well as the different fields of integration. They also analyze issues regarding different expectations, opportunities as well as challenges of integration. In fact, CulTrain has been introduced as a best practice example in this resource.(Reference:

Previously, in June 2013, the project CulTrain has been presented at the international conference of the Jagiellonian University: “Children Migrants & Third Culture Kids. Roots and Routes” in Krakow (Poland) and has also been reviewed as a separate article in the anthology of the conference: “Children on the move. Different facets of migration and childhood”.

(Reference: Benedetter K., Dobner M. (2014): CulTrain – Cultural Orientation Trainings. An integration measure in Austria tackling adaptation problems of young refugees. In: Migration Studies: Polish Diaspora Review 3 (153). P. 361-374.)

In the frame of the “5th Dialogue Forum – Summer School 2013. Dialogue between science, politics and practice” in Gmunden (Austria), organized by the Danube University Krems, the project CulTrain has been introduced as a good practice example. As a result of the Summer School, some of the presentations, including CulTrain, have been selected for an anthology.

(Reference: Benedetter K., Dobner M. (2014): CulTrain. Trainings zur kulturellen Orientierung für (ehemalige) unbegleitete minderjährige Flüchtlinge. In: Migration & Integration 4. Dialog zwischen Politik, Wissenschaft und Praxis. S. 43-52.).



Integration department
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This project is co-financed by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs.