Eight out of 10 see widespread ethnic discrimination
The number of people who perceives ethnic discrimination as being widespread in the Netherlands is the highest among the EU member states.The Netherlands – Eight out of 10 Dutch people questioned in a European Union survey perceive ethnic discrimination as being widespread in the Netherlands.
The percentage of people who perceives ethnic discrimination is the highest in the Netherlands among the EU member states, with France and Hungary coming in second. Seventy-nine percent of French and Hungarian perceive ethnic discrimination as being common.
Across the EU, ethnic discrimination is viewed as being the most common form of discrimination, compared to discrimination on the grounds of age, sex, disability or sexual orientation.
Fifty-nine percent of Dutch people also thought discrimination on the grounds of religious belief is common in their country, compared to the EU average of 39 percent.
The Special Eurobarometer survey pointed out that countries whose citizens perceive widespread discrimination usually feature immigration issues prominently in the public debate.
In the case of the Netherlands, the widespread discrimination could be due to the media coverage of anti-immigration leaders such as Geert Wilders and Rita Verdonk.
On the other hand, 63 percent of Dutch people thought the Netherlands is doing enough to combat discrimination – only two other EU countries scored higher.
Compared to the EU average, the Dutch said they would feel less comfortable about having a prime minister with an ethnic minority background. On a one to ten scale, the Dutch rating was 6.2 compared to an EU average of 6.5.
The Dutch, however, would be far happier to have a gay or lesbian prime minister than other Europeans would, giving a rating of 8 compared to the EU average of 6.5.
Radio Netherlands / Expatica