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Equal Opportunities and Ethnic Inequality in European Labour Markets

Discrimination, Gender and Policies of Diversity

Karen Kraal Judith Roosblad John Wrench

124 pages
Amsterdam University Press
The need to analyse labour market mechanisms in post-industrial Western societies is urgent. Despite laws and policy measures being developed at the European, national and local levels, job-seeking immigrants and ethnic minorities still suffer unequal access and ethnic discrimination. This volume endeavours to understand why.
Four chapters dealing with discrimination, gender, equity policies and diversity management present a lively discussion of the current scientific debate. Besides providing empirical evidence, the authors recommend methods for conducting further research in the field and evaluate the actual effects of discrimination-combating policies. One conclusion is that systematic analysis of the labour market and its subsequent equity policies must be supported by hard data, such as statistics. With its state-of-the-art scope and unique thematic exploration, this volume transfers knowledge from social science studies to a more operational realm. From here, both scholars and practitioners can help make equal opportunities more accessible than ever.
Author Bio
Karen Kraal is an anthropologist affiliated with the IMES and responsible for the communication and dissemination programme of IMISCOE.