‘Non-westerners’ unemployed in the Netherlands

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A cleaner of the Dutch Railways (NS) works in a passengers wagon at the Central Station in Utrecht, Netherlands.

‘Non-westerners’ unemployed in the Netherlands


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Workers with a non-western background are finding it harder find a job in the Netherlands. While the findings of a new study suggest that the jobless rate for this group fell by over three percentage points from its peak in 2014 to 13.2% last year, it is still above the country’s 5% jobless rate.

The data published by The Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (CBS), which calls itself Statistics Netherlands in English, also shows that the jobless rate remains higher among second generation immigrants, falling from a peak of 17.8% in 2014 to 14.3% last year.

For first-generation non-western immigrants, the jobless rate is 12.5%.

As reported by DutchNews online, the difference between first and second generation immigrants is largely due to age, because the unemployment rate among youngsters in general is higher than for older adults.

However, a larger percentage of second-generation immigrants have higher school-leaving qualifications than their parents, the organisation points out. In terms of labour market participation, over 60% of second generation immigrants have some form of work, compared with 66% of the native Dutch.

The CBS definition of non-western immigrants includes immigrants from Africa, Asia, Turkey and south America, excluding the Japanese and Indonesians.

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