Irina, Marina, and Katia are a grandmother, mother, and granddaughter originally from Mikolaiv, southern Ukraine. Due to the dangerous war with Russia, they had to flee their city of origin and now find themselves in exile together in Austria. They are trying to integrate while facing the reality that a quick return to their homeland may not be possible. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reports that there are 6 million Ukrainian exiles in Europe, marking an unprecedented wave of displacement since World War II.
Marina, 43, found a job in a supermarket and worked her way up from the bakery department to become head cashier. Her daughter, Katia, 17, is studying remotely at a Viennese high school with the goal of obtaining the Austrian high school diploma in 2025. Irina, the 64-year-old grandmother, has dedicated herself to volleyball and has formed a circle of friends. The three women have worked hard to integrate into the local community and have found an apartment.
While many Ukrainian refugees are building their future in their host countries