Jobless Rate Rises Among Ethnic Minorities in Holland

According to a study released by multicultural research institute Forum, some 25% of youngsters with a Turkish, Moroccan, Surinamese or Antillean background in the Netherlands are without a job. Compared with a 5.1% unemployment rate among white Dutch, 14% of people with a non-Western background are jobless. However, Forum director Sadik Harcahoui notes that the cause is not necessarily discrimination- lower education levels and a tendency for ethnic minority youth to work on flexible contracts contribute to the statistics.