In 1974 Hasan Yılmaz travelled to Vorarlberg at the age of 18 to become a “guest worker”. He did so two years after his father, who bought this suitcase in Istanbul for the purpose. “Dear brother Mustafa, please return the suitcase; we will need it.” That was the message in the suitcase written by Hasan's wife, who has lived in the Tyrol since 1980.
Like many other Filipinas, Clarita Rohrer, née Ocheda, was recruited to the Tyrol as a carer by Father Daberto. The photograph shows Clarita Ocheda shortly before boarding her flight in Manila in October 1973. She was met in Munich by Father William Parschalk, who looked after Philippine carers in Austria.
Turkish newspapers drew attention to the demand for labour in Austria: In 1970, 12,000 Turkish workers responded to the recruitment campaign, followed by a further 20,000 in 1971. On 20 August 1970, the Turkish newspaper “Milliyet” reported on the visit paid by the Turkish Minister of Labour, Seyfi Öztürk, to Austria's Vice-Chancellor Rudolf Hauser.