Encounters of Syrians in Diaspora
A team of researchers in six different countries is currently engaged in conducting interviews with Syrians and locals in a bid to explore and document the factors that impact integration and peaceful coexistence. What impact do language fluency and academic qualifications have on a Syrians ability to feel welcome and create a home in a new country, or on a local’s ability to welcome them? What role do religion and politics play? How have civil society organisations and work programmes influenced the experiences of Syrians and the attitudes of locals?
Over fifty interviews are being conducted in Lebanon, Cyprus, Sweden, Germany, France and the UK, in either Arabic, English or French. They will be edited and published as short audio stories, accompanied by summaries in both Arabic and English, as part of Sharq’s ongoing undertaking to promote story exchange in and about the Arab world.
After listening to and documenting the thoughts and experiences shared, we will transcribe and review the interviews and produce a series of six podcasts, each of which will explore a particular aspect of coexistence and draw on the many animated and individual stories we are collecting.
If you’d like to be interviewed as part of this endeavour, please send an email to reem [@] sharq.org