Nowras Rahhal is a stateless scientist who was born as a stateless refugee in Syria in 1993. Despite the disadvantages, he was able to pursue his education. Major part of his education, as a child, was in a primary UNRWA school in Damascus. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical chemistry from the University of Damascus in 2016. He left Syria after 7 years of facing the Syrian civil war atrocities and arrived in Germany in 2018 to continue his studies in a master’s degree in Nanoscience. In 2020, he joined a research group at the Max Planck Institute and contributed to the development of a vaccine candidate for the SARS-CoV2 (Covid-19) pandemic. He is determined to raise more awareness on statelessness and to advocate for the rights of those who lack nationality.
Victoria Reitter is a research assistant and PhD fellow at the Department of Sociology and Social Geography at the University of Salzburg. She studied International Business Administration at the Vienna University of Economics and at the Högskolan i Halmstad in Sweden and after that Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna. She worked as a research associate in two projects („INSIDE the Deportation Gap – Social Membership for Non-Deported Persons” at the Department for Political Science at the University of Vienna and „Values and Expectations of Refugees in Austria” at the Institute for Urban and Regional Research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences). In her dissertation, she deals with statelessness in the context of flight migration to Austria and investigates the everyday decision-making processes and administrative practices in Austrian state authorities regarding the identification of stateless persons.Victoria Reitter website