Builders not keen on Moroccan interns

26th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

26 August 2005, AMSTERDAM — The construction industry in the Netherlands rarely invites Moroccans to interview for internships, according to the green-left party GroenLinks.

26 August 2005

AMSTERDAM — The construction industry in the Netherlands rarely invites Moroccans to interview for internships, according to the green-left party GroenLinks.

The party commissioned the University of Utrecht to carry out an investigation into how internships are awarded.

The research indicates only 15 percent of students from a Moroccan background seeking an internship have a chance of being offered an interview by a construction company. In contrast, 41 percent of applicants with a Dutch surname are invited to an interview.

The difference is far smaller in the retail and hospitality or catering sectors.

A student from a Moroccan background is just about as likely as a native Dutch student to get an interview for a work experience position in the cafe, restaurant and hotel industry. Native Dutch students have only a small advantage when it comes to the retail sector, GroenLinks said on Friday.

The researchers suggested the reluctance among construction companies to take on Moroccan interns stems from the relative unfamiliarly with employees of a non-western background. About 97 percent of construction workers in the construction industry are native Dutch.

The researchers contacted 336 companies and pretended to be students in secondary vocational education (MBO). In some cases the researchers gave a Dutch name and in others gave a Moroccan one during the initial telephone call.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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