Quotation Eggenhofer-Rehart, Petra, Latzke, Markus, Pernkopf, Katharina, Zellhofer, Dominik, Mayrhofer, Wolfgang, Steyrer, Johannes. 2017. Refugees` career capital welcome? A qualitative study among Afghan and Syrian refugees in Austria. reThink refugees, Den Haag, Netherlands, 27.03.




Since January 2014, Austria has granted the permission to work to over 30,000 Syrian and Afghan refugees. Based on Bourdieu’s theory of practice and the understanding that while agents compete for positions within social fields, they accumulate, convert and invest economic, social and cultural capital (Bourdieu & Wacquant, 1992), this study uses 25 semi-structured interviews with Syrian and Afghan refugees engaged in active job search to explore how refugees in Austria (seek to) transfer, renegotiate and enhance the value of their career capital and accumulate further capital that is considered as valuable in their host country. Practical implications for organizations and policy makers supporting refugees’ labor market integration are discussed.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Unpublished lecture
Language English
Title Refugees` career capital welcome? A qualitative study among Afghan and Syrian refugees in Austria
Event reThink refugees
Location Den Haag, Netherlands
Date March 27, 2017
URL http://www.rethinkrefugees.nl/


Eggenhofer-Rehart, Petra (Details)
Latzke, Markus (Former researcher)
Pernkopf, Katharina (Former researcher)
Zellhofer, Dominik (Details)
Mayrhofer, Wolfgang (Details)
Steyrer, Johannes (Details)
Interdisciplinary Institute for Management and Organizational Behavior IN (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5502 Occupational-, industrial psychology (Details)
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