The idea was to reach all of them. The many pockets of expats and internationals who live and work in Vienna. We held focus groups, took surveys, did research and most importantly listened. And now the proverbial eagle has landed.
We aim to reach each and every English speaker to inspire them to use Vienna for what it does best, to entertain, seduce and provoke. As a team of former outsiders, we have had the invaluable experience of discovering this city with fresh eyes. Now we aim to present it from the inside. Now we are Viennese.
So who are these expats?
The term expatriate is vague. Wikipedia defines it as “a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country other than that of their citizenship.” But immigrants are people who plan to stay “especially as permanent residents or naturalized citizens.” So if you become a citizen, you’re an immigrant, but if you “reside permanently” you could also be an expatriate?
If you have ever lived outside your home country, you’ve surely encountered this question. Are you an immigrant or an expat? We’ve approached the topic of foreignness in Vienna in various ways in this first print issue of METROPOLE. In our cover story, we take a look at how migration and immigrants have changed Vienna over the past centuries. We’ve found the current statistics about Vienna’s foreign population and profiled four creative expats/immigrants who have launched successful careers in Austria. In our business feature, we spoke to Ali Mahlodji, a former refugee himself whose “career dating” platform has become a startup success story. The How To section gives newcomers a primer on gaining legal status in Vienna. Spanish ex-foreign minister Ana Palacio looks at what Europe’s crisis mode and how if effects decisions about refugees.
We look forward to giving our readers insight into what Vienna’s talking about.
Let us know what interests you, via social media, email, or at our monthly METROPOLE events.
So, by all means be an immigrant, be an expat. But don’t be a stranger.