Educational level of minorities improves

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7 May 2007, AMSTERDAM – More and more young people are leaving school with qualifications – the increase is mainly due to a rise in the number of students of minority background who are graduating.

7 May 2007

AMSTERDAM – More and more young people are leaving school with qualifications – the increase is mainly due to a rise in the number of students of minority background who are graduating.

This has emerged from figures published by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) on Monday. Between 2001 and 2003 59 percent of the youth who had left school had qualifications – at least a level 2 diploma from senior secondary vocational education (MBO) or a diploma from senior general secondary education (HAVO). This figure is now 61 percent.

The percentage of students of non-Western background holding a diploma increased from 34 to 43 percent.

This is a significant leap forward, says CBS researcher Michiel Vergeer. "More and more young Turks, Moroccans, Surinamese and Antilleans in densely populated areas graduated from diploma programmes over the past few years. This improves their chances on the labour market. There was a slight increase in the numbers among other groups."

Figures published earlier by CBS indicate that the labour position of minority youth improved in 2006. The percentage of unemployed minority youth fell last year from 26 to 22 percent. This number was still on the rise in 2005.

Unemployment among non-Western minorities between the ages of 25 and 44 however did not fall significantly. About 15 percent were unable to find work, compared to 16.4 percent in 2005. Just over 5 percent of young native Dutch people were unable to find work in 2005; that percentage decreased to 4.3 in 2006.

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