Minority youth feel out of place

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31 July 2007, AMSTERDAM – Youth in Amsterdam feel less of a connection with their neighbourhood and city than their parents do. Moroccan and Turkish youth even feel out of place and socially isolated, according to a survey conducted by the Research and Statistics Department of the municipality of Amsterdam.

31 July 2007

AMSTERDAM – Youth in Amsterdam feel less of a connection with their neighbourhood and city than their parents do. Moroccan and Turkish youth even feel out of place and socially isolated, according to a survey conducted by the Research and Statistics Department of the municipality of Amsterdam.

The results indicate that about a quarter of the Turkish and Moroccan youth have the impression that there are few people in their surroundings that they can talk to, a sentiment shared by just 10 percent of native Dutch youth.

70 percent of native Dutch youth say that they associate primarily with peers from their own ethnic group. The survey says that this problem stems from the segregation in primary and secondary education. Only in higher education is there positive contact between different ethnic groups of youth.

Many ethnic youth, particularly those of Turkish background, see family gatherings as the centre of their cultural life.

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