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Asylum Works (Working Title)

Currently, attention is mainly paid to the basic needs of the people who are seeking asylum in Austria. This project deals with the professional integration of those people who have already applied for asylum or have been granted asylum or subsidiary protection. In Austria 12,000 people (July 2015) have been granted this legal status. As Heinz Fischer has said in his speech to the nation on October 28th 2015, about 80.000 asylum applications are expected this year only.

Official employment agencies and other public actors are hardly able to make any positive discrimination of (recognized) asylum seekers due to political pressure. However, it is important, to quickly introduce (recognized) asylum seekers into society and to provide job opportunities.

In this project, we deal with the professional integration of these people. We focus on:

1.  Assessment of potentials: What skills and capabilities do they have? What did they learn? What do they want to work? Where are they located in Austria, where do they want to stay? ...

2.  Mobilize local networks and associations (such as professional associations, voluntary firefighters, sports clubs, initiatives of small and medium-sized enterprises) and find detect needs in the labor market: Where is labor shortage? Which professions require apprentices? ...

3.  Information processing and dissemination relating to asylum and work (e.g. apprenticeships in shortage professions may be occupied by asylum-seekers, who are younger than 25 years)

4.  Buddy system and mentoring to accompany the process of job placement and the first months of work.

The project is currently under development. At the moment, we are working on: (1) A pilot in lower Austrian Ybbs-Persenbeug, where we also manage the Facebook group "Persenbeug-Gottsdorf: Es gibt genug Platz für alle Menschen“ (translation: There is plenty of room for all people) with over 700 members and several initiatives in the village. (2) We are working on the mobilization of Austrian wide networks such as Arbeiterkammer, Wirschaftskammer and professional interest groups. The inventory of potentials, interests and capabilities are conducted through charitable organizations (Red Cross, Caritas, Ute Bock) and our own contacts with (recognized) asylum seekers.

 

Project contacts:

Jointly set up this project (Networking, researching, and other activities)

SCA as a group of professionals – to network with potential SCA students among the(recognized) asylum seekers

We are grateful for further ideas of collaboration

Mag.a Deniz Seebacher: deniz@vereinmindset.org

Mag. Andreas Streinzer: andreas.streinzer@univie.ac.at

The project is conducted by the Austrian association MINDset. MINDset – Meeting Intercultural Demands was founded in 2014 by Hans Hochstöger (photographer) and Deniz Seebacher (Business Consultant and Social and Cultural Anthropologist) as a non-profit association. We deal with intercultural communication and inclusive living environments. www.vereinmindset.org

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