Sharp rise in ethnic minority youth unemployment
Monday 16 July 2012
The unemployment rate among youngsters with an ethnic minority background rose between 22% and 29% over the first three months of this year, compared with 10% for the native Dutch, according to new research by the Forum institute.
Of youths with a Moroccan background, up to 39% may now be without a job, Forum, which specialises in multicultural issues, said.
The institute criticised political parties from across the political spectrum for failing to include measures to tackle this ‘dramatic’ situation in their election manifestos.
According to Eurostat figures published earlier this month, the Netherlands has one of the lowest youth unemployment rates in Europe. Eurostat said some 9.2% of the under-25s in Holland are without work, and only Germany and Austria have a lower total.