Unemployment among ethnic minority youths in Holland passes 28%

Posted on 11 de February de 2013

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The unemployment rate among people with an ethnic minority background rose to 15.5% last year, up nearly 2.5 percentage points on the previous year, the national statistics office CBS said on Friday.

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By contrast, the jobless rate among native white Dutch reached 5%, up from 4.2% in 2011.

The increase was sharpest among the under-25s. Some 28% of youngsters with a non-western backround are without a job, compared with just under 10% of native white youths.

However, previous experience shows the jobless total among people with a minority background falls faster than that of native white people once the economy begins to recover, the CBS said.

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Trade union youth wings and the left-wing green party GroenLinks on Friday launched a new campaign to draw attention to the ‘extremely worrying socio-economic position’ of youngsters.

‘Young people are four times as likely to get into debt and their jobless rate is soaring,’ the CNV’s youth wing said in a statement.

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