In Austria, where the agrarian sector has been suffering for years from a “drift from the land,” great attention is given to the rehabilitation of refugees on derelict farms. One project, financed by Ford Foundation refugee funds, concerns the rehabilitation of 30 selected refugee families who have settled on abandoned farms, in Lower Austria, stocked and repaired by voluntary agencies. The money put into this project will be repaid by the refugees in form of instalments. When sufficient money has been returned, more farms will be placed at the disposal of refugee families.
This picture shows Mathias Kroiher with his wife and five children. Refugee from Czechoslovakia, where he had his own farm, Kroiher was in Germany until 1946; he came to Austria the following year, to work in the building industry. He accepted, in 1948, to take over a run-down farm and received, last year, a loan to finance the purchase of a tractor.