"Integration and participation in the Austrian labor market: the refugees’ perspective" - Project report by Dirar Alshwikh Alabd

17 JUL 2017

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


The Wittgenstein Centre aspires to be a world leader in the advancement of demographic methods and their application to the analysis of human capital and population dynamics. It is a collaboration among the World Population Program of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Vienna Institute of Demography of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (VID/ÖAW) and the Demography Group and the Research Institute on Human Capital and Development of the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU).

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