Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/52532
Authors: 
Constant, Amelie F.
Kahanec, Martin
Zimmermann, Klaus F.
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion papers // German Institute for Economic Research 1095
Abstract: 
The standard approach of analysing gaps in social and labor market outcomes of different ethnic groups relies on analysis of statistical data about the affected groups. In this paper we go beyond this approach by measuring the views of expert stakeholders involved in minority integration. This enables us to better understand the risk of minority exclusion; the inner nature of discrimination, negative attitudes and internal barriers; as well as the ethnic minorities' desires and perceptions about which approaches are better than others in dealing with integration challenges. Main findings are that ethnic minorities do want to change their situation, especially in terms of employment, education, housing and attitudes towards them. Insufficient knowledge of the official language, insufficient education, discriminatory attitudes and behavior towards ethnic minorities as well as institutional barriers, such as citizenship or legal restrictions, seem to constitute the key barriers to their social and labor market integration.
Subjects: 
attitudes
opinions
immigrants
ethnic minorities
labor market
JEL: 
J15
J71
J78
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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