Migrant youth feel like outcasts

Migrant youngsters in Amsterdam tend to feel more socially isolated and less connected to their neighbourhoods than their parents, according to research by the city’s statistics office O&S.

Some 25% of youths with a Turkish or Moroccan background said they had few people in their neighbourhood to talk to, compared with 10% of the native Dutch.
The survey also showed that city youngsters rarely mix outside their own ethnic group. ‘This starts with segregation at a primary and secondary school level,’ the researchers said. Only in the higher education sector could there be said to be a good ethnic mix.

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