Monday 08 August 2022

Kevin is more popular with employers than Rachid and Arun

The Hague, Netherlands - May 8, 2015: People visit China town inFake job applications sent to employers in The Hague show that people with a ‘white’ Dutch name are almost twice as likely to be invited for an interview as someone with a Moroccan-sounding name, according to research for the city council.

The government’s socio-cultural think-tank SCP sent 504 job applications to 176 different vacancies using various Dutch, Moroccan and Hindustani names.

In 34% of cases, the applicants with the Dutch names were invited for an interview, compared with 23% of those with a Hindustani name and 19% of those with a Moroccan name.

Around half of the city’s residents have an ethnic minority background and the council wanted to assess whether they have the same opportunities on the jobs market as their white peers.

Ethnic group

Almost 13% of The Hague’s residents with a minority background are jobless, compared with 4.6% of the native Dutch. Surinamese Hindustanis make up the biggest ethnic group.

The research also showed that when the ethnic minority job applicants added an extra two years of work experience and additional training to their cvs, as well as volunteer work and other activities, they were as equally likely to be invited for an interview as their white peers.

Council alderman Rabin Baldeswingh described the results as disturbing and said he will now draw up a strategy to improve the integration of migrants in The Hague, broadcaster Nos reports.


Earlier this year, prime minister Mark Rutte told Metro newspaper that he is aware ‘it does matter if you apply for a job as Mohammed or Jan’.

‘The paradox is that the solution lies with Mohammed,’ he said. ‘Newcomers have always had to adapt and always had to deal with prejudice. You have to fight your way in.’

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