Employer in Slovenia

Owner of the Snack Bar Abi Falafel

Hana's Story

Abi Falafel opened in Ljubljana 13 years ago with the intention of “shedding light on a part of Arabic culture”, as Hana Shaar explained, since her father comes from Palestine.

At the beginning of our talk, Hana explained how her biggest problem was finding the right staff. This is why she began looking further afield and soon discovered that there were quite some demand among refugees to work at their company. Hana says that refugees have a great respect for work. But the company is facing problems trying to get documentation for international protection applicants. Because of these issues, when hiring new employees in the future, the company decided to first check whether the candidates are still in the process of being granted asylum, or if they had been in Slovenia for nine months, when obtaining their right to work.

Hana says that formal education is not imperative. What is important for the company is for the person to have a “positive energy in the kitchen and a good attitude towards food”.

Regarding the education of applicants and beneficiaries of international protection, Hana says that formal education is not imperative. What is important for the company is for the person to have a “positive energy in the kitchen and a good attitude towards food”.

According to Hana, the image of refugees in the media significantly contributes to creating stereotypes, while the fact that Arabic culture is extremely rich and the several thousands of years of history of the culture is never emphasized.

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