Documenting Discrimination against Migrant Workers

Release Date: November 1, 2001

In western Europe immigrants and minority workers suffer unemployment rates frequently two to three times higher than those of national workers. The problem is particularly acute among young workers, many of whom were born and raised in these countries. Discrimination in access to employment, rather than poor qualifications, has long been suspected to be at the roots of their marginalization. This insightful study offers a sound methodology for documenting the occurrence of unlawful discrimination and proposes concrete measures for tackling migrant discrimination in the future. The book analyzes the findings of four countries, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain, showing how discrimination differed by region, economic sector, occupation, size of establishment, and ownership. It also offers essential policy measures which can be taken to combat discrimination.