In addition to illuminating the history as well as the extent of asylum law, this thesis tries to find an argument for an ethical commitment to help foreigners and to set boundaries of Obligation.The wars that currently take place in the world have the result that a large number of people have to flee from their homeland. They are also not afraid to take the long road to Europe. Austria also became the target country of many refugees and thus the addressee of a large number of requests for assistance from foreigners. In addition to the obligation imposed on Austria by complex legal asylum provisions to help foreigners, an ethical, responsibility-based approach also ensues. However, Austria's goal of a dignified life has to be known because of opposing interests. Often, cultural differences, loss of prosperity, economic burdens, security concerns or simply fear of strangers are presented as arguments against asylum. However, only adequately justified arguments can be used in addition to their own livelihood and the behavior of a stranger seeking help to set the limits of Austrian responsibility.