AURELIUS Refugee Initiative

AURELIUS Refugee Initiative

AURELIUS Refugee Initiative e.V. - AURELIUS employees campaign for refugees

On October 1, 2015, the employees and Executive Board of AURELIUS laid the foundation for a long-term aid program for refugees with a symbolic action. A minibus full of toys collected by the employees was handed over in collaboration with Flüchtlingshilfe München in the main refugee processing facility at Bayernkaserne, Munich. "We are aware that toys do not save lives. But if we can contribute to easing the often difficult fate of refugees with this and further actions in the future, then we have already accomplished something", says Dr. Dirk Markus, Chief Executive Officer of AURELIUS. The toys were donated by employees of the AURELIUS Group and doubled by the Executive Board. 

31.03.2016  // Lost at Sea – AURELIUS Refugee Initiative e.V. helps

  • AURELIUS finances MOAS rescue mission for refugees and migrants in distress in the Mediterranean Sea

24.12.2015  // AURELIUS supports refugees in need with EUR 1.25 million

  • Practical help for people in special situations
  • EUR 1.25 million donated from executive board and holding employees
  • Operation of a school for refugee children in Lebanon and sea rescue service in the Mediterranean sea

Current aid projects


Orienthelfer e.V. ("Helpers for the Orient") is a non-profit association that was founded in 2012 by the cabaret artist Christian "Fonsi" Springer in Munich. Among other things, its goal is to provide humanitarian support for the victims of the Syrian conflict.


MOAS is a charitable foundation registered in Malta and Germany that was founded in 2014 by Christopher Catrambone and his wife Regina. The independent non-governmental organization has been searching for people in distress at sea and rescuing them from death by drowning since 2014. Since December 2015, MOAS has been operating in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Greece with the 50 meter long Emergency Recovery and Response Vessel (ERRV) "Topaz". Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and two high-speed rescue craft, the highly motivated crew works day and night.

Activities of AURELIUS subsidiaries

Refugee scholarships at AKAD University

AKAD University is currently awarding three scholarships for refugees. Stipendiaries can enroll in a distance learning course at AKAD University or an AKAD continuing education course; AKAD University covers 100 percent of the registration fees with support from the shareholder Aurelius. The scholarships are open to all refugees who have come to Germany since June 2015 – regardless of whether they are involved in ongoing asylum proceedings or have already completed the asylum application process. Choices include both university degrees (Bachelors, Masters, MBA) and training courses, each in the areas Economy & Management, Technology & Informatics and Communications & Culture. Interested parties must meet the normal admission requirements for the courses of study. Most of the available training courses do not require any prior knowledge. 


AURELIUS Refugee Initiative e.V.

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