Initiative: Ehe ohne Grenzen

1,000 Euro Prize

winner 50001
Year:
2007
Country / Region:
Vienna
Fields of action:
Migration / Interculturality / Ethnicity
Age of the target group:
26 - 60 years = adults
19 - 25 years = young adults
Gender of the target group:
all genders
Project owner:
Ehe ohne Grenzen
Responsible person:
Angela Magenheimer
Website:
http://www.ehe-ohne-grenzen.at

What is it about?

Since the new Asylum Law was passed in Austria in 2005, there has been a tendency to treat binational married and unmarried couples as “petitioners” in Austria. The Viennese action group Ehe ohne Grenzen (Marriage without Borders) is a self-help group for binational and bicultural (non-EU) couples that is trying to break out of this space that drastically curtails their rights. The couples concerned use the media and other activities in their fight against the perception and roles imposed on them. The group’s active members are all part of binational couples and “know exactly what they are talking about”. They contribute their experience and knowledge and show their own initiative. They demonstrated for the consistent recognition of the right to respect for family life in accordance with Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights outside the Ministry of the Interior and made a film in the parliament.

Appreciation of the Jury

In 2007, the jury awarded the group a prize of €1000 for being a “project that makes a problem visible and perceivable”.