Minorities in Austria What are minorities? A minority is a smaller group of specific people/culture in another country/land. They want to keep their own culture and religion e.g.: Slovenes in Carinthia; Croats in Burgenland; Where are minorities? In Austria you can find them almost everywhere, but there are only six acknowledged. Vienna: Czechs Burgenland: There are Croats, Roma and Hungary. Carinthia and Styria: Slovenes. The different types of minorities in Austria: - Czechs, - Slovenes, - Croats, - Roma and Sinti, - Hungary and the - Slovaks. Slovenes in Carinthia: Long times ago the west Slovenes decided to transmigrate. They ‘built’ Carinthia, but after time passed by, more Germans moved there and they managed to take control of Carinthia. Since the Slovenian language was still there, the Slovenes became a minority. Even today there are still conflicts; like the “Ortstafelkonflikt” The Slovenes want a bilingual road sign. Croats in Burgenland: In the 16. Century the 10.00 Croats travelled to Burgenland, because of the Turkish campaign against Austria. The Burgenland Croats have their own Croatian, the “Burgenlandcroatian”, where they have bilingual road signs. Problems: They want Croatian Kindergarten/Middle school. They also want that Croatian becomes an administration language. Knowledge people: - Norbert Darabos; Willi Resetarits; Barbara Karlich; Dietrich Mateschitz Why are there minorities? Almost all of them are refugees from centuries ago or they just want a better life in Austria etc. Or because of transmigration. Daniel P.; Kevin K.; Anna H. What are some recent conflicts between Austrians and minorities in Austria? For example there is the conflict over bilingual town signs between and Slowens. Because of the Austrian constitution, Slowens were allowed to have 80 bilingual town signs, but they want more signs. On the otherside Carinthion politicians are strongly against for more bilingual town signs. What can Austrians do to help minorities blend in? Minorities should be threatened with fairness and their human-rights should be respected. The Austrian state should offer minorities german courses, so that they can learn to speak German. They should helped to find jobs or if they are very poor. What can people from Minorities do to blend in? They should try to learn the language and should try to become friends with the natives, so they can get to know the culture. Daniel P.; Kevin K.; Anna H.