Immigrant women miss out on jobs through poor health

The health of Turkish-Dutch women is much poorer than that of other immigrant women which is why fewer of them have a job, according to research published on Tuesday by the government’s social policy unit SCP.

Just half of Turkish-Dutch women are in paid employment, compared with 72% of Dutch women, the report says. Among Moroccan-Dutch women the figure is 45%.
Both groups have a high number who experience poor health: 16% and 9% respectively. In addition, poor education, lack of support from their families and limited confidence in their chance of finding a job all play a part.
Ethnic minorities often suffer from health problems, many of them long-term such as migraine, back pain and depression, says the SCP.

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