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Asylum seekers successfully integrated

Djamal Moschtaq and Salehi Seifollah came to Switzerland from their native Afghanistan as asylum seekers in 2016. They both went on to complete internships at Perlen Packaging. Djamal has now taken things one step further and began his training as a Perlen Packaging plant operator in August of this year.

It was in Buchrain (near Perlen) that Djamal Moschtaq and Salehi Seifollah found themselves in 2016. They had just fled to Switzerland from their native Afghanistan, and had been placed in temporary accommodation there. A local group was keen to help the new arrivals assimilate in their new home, by finding them local employment. And Perlen Packaging promptly offered to create two internships, to introduce these asylum seekers to the production processes at a Swiss industrial concern.

“Back in Afghanistan I was still at school and helping out my father,” Djamal recalls. “Now I have a job that I really enjoy. And I don’t need to worry about being bombed.” In addition to his practical experience, Djamal has also learnt German. And he’s caught up on his schoolwork, too, which has enabled him to start training to be a Perlen Packaging plant operator, a course he embarked on this August. His colleague Salehi, who started his internship a little later, will also begin a two-year training course for adults next summer.

We’re delighted to see both Djamal and Salehi fit so well into our Perlen Packaging team!