New Study Suggests Employers Discriminate Against Muslims in France

News Agencies – November 23, 2010

Muslims face “massive discrimination” when applying for jobs, according to the first major academic study of anti-Muslim bias among employers in France. The French study found that a fictional job applicant with a traditionally Christian first name was more than two-and-a-half times more likely to receive a response from a potential French employer than an identical applicant with a Muslim name.
The scientists who carried out the research believe the highly significant difference in response rates was entirely due to the perceived religious affiliations of the job applicant rather than any prejudice connected with differences in race, age or gender. The researchers, led by David Laitin of Stanford University in California, created and mailed out 275 pairs of résumés to French employers advertising for jobs. Each of the paired résumés was identical in terms of job qualifications and experience except for the names of the applicants.
One of the applicants had a Christian given name, “Marie Diouf”, while another had a Muslim given name, “Khadija Diouf”. To emphasize the religious difference in the applicants, Maire Diouf said she worked for Catholic Relief and was a member of Christian scouts, and Khadija Diouf said she had worked for Islamic Relief and was a member of Muslim scouts. Khadija Diouf received a response rate of 8 per cent while Marie Diouf’s response rate was 21 per cent. The study is published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Iraq war turned British Muslims against their country, former spy chief says

The invasion of Iraq “substantially” increased the terror threat to Britain and turned British Muslims against their own country, says the former head of the MI5 spy agency. Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller, controller of the domestic intelligence agency between 2002 and 2007, said yesterday that her agency “didn’t anticipate the degree to which British citizens would become involved” in al-Qaida-linked terror plots and that the Iraq war provided a “highly significant” source of motivation for British-born terrorists.

Giving evidence at the Chilcott inquiry, she said MI5 was “pretty well swamped” with intelligence suggesting a radicalisation of young Muslims in Britain after the 2003 invasion. She said British involvement in Iraq “radicalised” some British citizens, “not a whole generation, a few among a generation – who saw our involvement in Iraq on top of our involvement in Afghanistan as an attack on Islam”.

Asked what specific proof there was of a direct correlation between the Iraq invasion and the growth in Muslim terror plots in Britain she said: “I think we can produce evidence because of the numerical evidence of the number of plots, the number of leads, the number of people identified and the correlation of that to Iraq and the statements of people as to why they were involved. What Iraq did was to produce a fresh impetus of people prepared to engage in terrorism.”