CPB reports discrimination on labour market

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People of ethnic background are discriminated against on the labour market, the Telegraaf reports.

15 November 2007

AMSTERDAM -  People of ethnic background are discriminated against on the labour market, the Telegraaf reports. They encounter obstacles in their job search that cannot be attributed to a lower educational level, lack of work experience or poor command of the Dutch language.

“This points to discrimination,” the Social and Cultural Planning Bureau concludes. Discrimination seems to have less influence on the positions that workers of ethnic background hold at companies once they are employed. Native Dutch and workers of ethnic background with similar education, experience and language skills have similar positions and salaries.

Moroccans seem to be confronted with discrimination the most, according to the study, which was held this year for the first time. They also feel they are discriminated against the most. About 60 percent of Moroccans that have faced rejection in the past year say they suspect or know for certain that it was a case of discrimination. That figure was 49 percent for Turks and 17 percent for Surinamese and Antilleans.

Practical studies also show evidence of discrimination. Tests carried out over the past year with Moroccan and native Dutch job and internship candidates show that Moroccans are hired less frequently than native Dutch, even when they have the same profile.

Anti-discrimination agencies receive about 400 complaints each year on discrimination in the labour market. Most come from Moroccans. Many complain about feeling treated differently because they wear a headscarf.

The Equal Treatment Commission issued nine verdicts on discrimination against minorities on the labour market between 2004 and 2006. In more than half of the cases the commission declared that the complaint was justified.

Women of minority background seem to encounter less discrimination on the labour market. Further study is being undertaken to determine if that is in fact that case, or if they encounter the same discrimination faced by native Dutch women, in which case ethnic background does not play a role.

Job applicants and workers of ethnic background often feel they have to prove themselves more. In seeking a job they sometimes anticipate possible discrimination by avoiding sectors or businesses that they suspect might discriminate or refrain from mentioning their country of origin on job applications.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

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