Racist selection by Dutch temp agencies

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A majority of Dutch temporary employment agencies happily comply with employers’ requests not to supply Turkish, Moroccan or Surinamese workers.

This is the conclusion of research by two sociologists at the VU University Amsterdam. The two scientists approached 187 agencies with a - false - request to supply workers for jobs at a call centre.

They asked each of the temp agencies whether it would be possible not to supply Surinamese, Turkish or Moroccan workers. In 76.8 percent of cases the agencies agreed to the request - in direct violation of Dutch law, which forbids discrimination in any form.

The two sociologists say it is clear from the reactions they got that prejudice against Moroccans is stronger and more widespread than the bias against members of the other two ethnic groups.

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