Discrimination against immigrants in the labour market

An overview and a typology

Authored by: John Wrench

Routledge Handbook of Immigration and Refugee Studies

Print publication date:  October  2015
Online publication date:  October  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138794313
eBook ISBN: 9781315759302
Adobe ISBN: 9781317638773

10.4324/9781315759302.ch12

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Abstract

Statistics and research have demonstrated significant and persistent patterns of inequality in the labour market experiences of immigrants and those foreign-born in comparison with native-born populations. For example, on average, in OECD countries, immigrants have higher unemployment rates, lower incomes and are over-represented in economic sectors characterised by poorer working conditions in comparison with the native-born population (FRA 2011; OECD 2013). Of course, this disparity occurs for a number of reasons, not only discrimination. Nevertheless, there is now a body of evidence assembled though a range of techniques and from a variety of sources that demonstrates convincingly that unjustifiable discrimination is one factor that blights the working lives and reduces the employment opportunities of immigrants and minorities.

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