Thursday, May 31, 2007

Netherlands: Trade union confederation FNV wants people of minority background to be given preference for jobs over native Dutch

Expatica News:

This kind of "affirmative action" – the preference given to a minority candidate if both the minority and the native Dutch have the same qualifications – should increase the chance of minority candidates finding jobs and combat discrimination, FNV chairperson Agnes Jongerius said in an interview with weekly supplement Volkskrant Banen today.

The unemployment rate among minorities is twice that among native Dutch. Minorities are also strongly underrepresented in management positions, a study by Volkskrant Banen shows.

The most likely reason why the unemployment rate amongst minorities is higher than that of the native Dutch is differences in intelligence between the two groups. This likely also explains why minorities are "underrepresented" in management positions.


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