Job-hunters face racism from Brussels employers

8th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

8 March 2005, BRUSSELS – Half of foreigners looking for work in Brussels face discrimination at least once, according to a new study.

8 March 2005

BRUSSELS – Half of foreigners looking for work in Brussels face discrimination at least once, according to a new study.

The investigation, commissioned by the Brussels Regional Job Office (Orbem), was carried out by the KUL and ULB universities and will be made public on 16 March.

On Tuesday, La Derniere Heure reported that the study will show that Moroccans and Turks are the greatest victims of racist employers.

Sub-Saharan Africans also suffer discrimination when applying for jobs, but to a lesser degree.

The Centre for Equality of Opportunity and the Fight Against Racism also recorded "an annual increase in forms of discrimination" since 2000.

The universities followed job-hunters for three months and found in 27 percent of cases the candidates had "either reasons to believe they had received unequal treatment or real unequal treatment due to the ethnic origin".

When Belgians applied for the same post, the percentage of believed discrimination or actual discrimination rose to 45 percent.

The report concluded that statistically foreigners had fewer chances of finding a job than their Belgian counterparts.

"The large majority of Moroccan or Turkish workers find themselves doing manual work or jobs paying low salaries," said the report.

Other workers who face discrimination include Italians and Southern Europeans.

The universities' study blames employers and temp agencies for discrimination and says the law on short-term contracts is being abused to give workers limited rights.

In particular, the study shames the European Commission, claiming a number of workers there have had short-term contracts renewed as many as four times. Legally, a temporary contract can only be renewed twice.

"Instability is becoming the norm and stable contracts the exception," said the report.

[Copyright Expatica 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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