This thesis examines the special needs of young people from multiple heritage backgrounds in Austria. Worldwide, people of mixed parentage are one of the fastest-growing ethnic groups. It furthermore takes a look at the racism they are confronted with, and what coping strategies against it they can develop. It describes legal frameworks against racism, and makes suggestions for improvement, as well as giving a brief overview of the history of people of mixed parentage in the German speaking world, and of their racialised identities. Policy and practice recommendations for the Austrian government, for schools, and for welfare institutions, which should contribute to improving the situation of young people of mixed parentage in Austria, and also the role of social workers in ameliorating the situation of the target group, are drawn on one level from the experiences and opinions of young, Austrian people of multiple heritage and from social workers dealing with this target group. On another, they are drawn from anti-racist and critical multicultural, social work theories, racialised identity development theories, and from examples in Britain.