Project report by Dirar Alshwikh Alabd
Dirar Alshwikh Alabd (see photo on the left), a trained lawyer from Aleppo, joined the Wittgenstein Centre as a trainee in the WU internship program for refugees. Between March and May of this year, he supported the project "Displaced Persons in Austria Survey (DiPAS)" by carrying out telephone interviews in Arabic and assisting with the translation and technical testing of the questionnaire. In addition, Dirar also drafted a project report on Integration and Participation in the Austrian Labor Market: The Refugees’ Perspective, which has been distributed to NGOs, the Austrian Public Employment Service and other relevant stakeholders.
Owing to the valuable experience gained during his internship, Dirar was recently admitted to the postgraduate program "Court and Public Service Interpreting" and selected as one of five refugees in Europe to attend the Odysseus Network Summer School on EU Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy.
The WU internships for refugees are targeted at academically educated refugees in the fields of economics, social sciences, or other suitable academic disciplines and meant to assist their sustainable integration in the Austrian labor market.
photo ©Odysseus Network