INTRODUCTION: More Poles are leaving their homeland, because of the fear of Soviet invasion, and the worsening economic situation in Poland.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: More Poles are leaving their homeland, because of the fear of Soviet invasion, and the worsening economic situation in Poland. The increasing number seeking political asylum in the West use neutral Austria as their starting point.
SYNOPSIS: Nearly 1000 Poles sought asylum in Austria last month (May) compared with fewer than 120 in the same month of last year. Austria's asylum laws are among the most liberal in the West.
After arrival in Vienna, most of the refugees start their new lives in the Traiskirchen camp outside the city. It is Europe's biggest refugee camp.
The numbers at the camp have increased greatly since the rush of Poles began with the first strikes and food shortages in Poland last year. The camp was handling around 100 new arrivals every day this week.
According to the Camp Director, Karl Radek, the refugees are sick of waiting for things to improve in Poland, and don't believe that the period of liberalisation there will last.
The Poles now make up more than 60 percent of the Eastern European refugees passing through Traiskirchen. In all, 300,000 people have spent time there after leaving their homelands. Almost all of them then go to overseas destinations, including the United States, Canada and Australia.
In the meantime, however, the authorities admit that a camp, no matter how good, is a camp -- and people can't wait to get out.