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Newsletter #1 2024 Disabled Refugees Welcome – the right to work

Take a course with us!

DRW – RTA organizes courses on several important and interesting topics: the philosophy of independent living, disability and migration laws, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities etc. etc. In this newsletter we also have an interview with our Head of Education Suzanne Elmqvist and links to our education brochure.

Ashraf Frugh, who started his internship with us last autumn, is now employed. Here is a text about his first year in Sweden that he wrote during the autumn.

Other things in this newsletter – a Work Café about health, Nelly and Catalina’s essay and two new interns in the project!

Ploughed jogging track in Nackaskogen late one evening in January. The snow and the road illuminated by some street lights, forest and pitch black all around. About 15 degrees below zero at the time and crunching snow under our feet.


MONDAY 26/2 14:00 – 16:00
Follow-up of the Human Rights Days
Hybrid: In the large conference room in the office and on zoom

TUESDAY 27/2 14:00 – 18:00
Work café/study visit at Paralife
In Paralife’s premises: Nya Gatan 2, Nacka


Suzanne talks to one of the participants at a work café.

Check out our training courses

The fact that Disabled Refugees Welcome – Right to Work (DRW – RTA) would organise training was already included in the planning stage. “There is a low level of knowledge about the problems that migrants with disabilities face when they come to Sweden,” says Suzanne Elmqvist, the project’s education manager, in this interview. Follow the links to the article and on to our Education Brochure!

Close-up of Ashraf in the crowd.

A Different Kind of Nightmare

Ashraf Frugh has now been hired as an advisor and field worker on the project. Here is a text he wrote shortly after he started as an intern in the project in the autumn. In a vivid way, he talks about the relief of coming to Sweden, but how this was exchanged for the hell of unemployment – applying for lots of jobs without hardly even getting an answer.

Nelly and Catalina with their arms around each other's shoulders, smiling at the camera.

Read Nelly and Catalina’s essay!

Catalina Fipper and Nelly Hölter, who interned in the project during the autumn, have written an essay, a paper, on the connection between migration, disability, employment and health. Different definitions of important concepts, such as health and disability, made comparisons between different studies difficult, they write.

Blurry (anonymized) picture of a computer with an ongoing zoom meeting on one half and the Swedish Public Employment Service's logo next to it.

Work Café, theme health/Swedish Public Employment Service

For many unemployed people, the relationship with the Public Employment Service is of great importance for their health. The Work Café that we had on the theme of health came to be almost exclusively about different participants’ (bad) relationships with the Public Employment Service. A lot of it has to do with a feeling that the administrators are not listening.

Collage with pictures of Luana and Leonie.

Two new interns: Leonie Grießers and Luana Butzer

Two new interns joined the project in January. Leonie is studying Social Work in the field of Mental Health and Addiction at the Cooperative State University Villingen-Schwenningen (DHBW) in Germany and Luana is studying Social Work – Youth, Family and Social Welfare at Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University in Germany. They are here until March.

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