Equal Opportunities and Ethnic Inequality in European Labour Markets

Discrimination, Gender and Policies of Diversity

Edited by Karen Kraal, Judith Roosblad, and John Wrench

Equal Opportunities and Ethnic Inequality in European Labour Markets

Edited by Karen Kraal, Judith Roosblad, and John Wrench

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

122 pages | 6 3/10 x 9 1/2
Paper $37.95 ISBN: 9789089641267 Published August 2010 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

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 important volume—divided into sections on discrimination, gender, equity policies, and diversity management—compares several European labor markets, recommends methods for conducting further research, and evaluates the actual effects of discrimination-combating policies.



1 The ideal of equal opportunities and the practice of unequal chances

            Karen Kraal, John Wrench, Judith Roosblad and Patrick Simon


Democratic states’ idealism versus reality

Explaining unequal opportunities

How can societies combat discrimination and create equal opportunities?

The focus and organization of this book

The role for future research

2 Ethnic inequality and discrimination in the labour market

            Angela Nilsson and John Wrench


Comparative data on employment rates

Data on inequality in working conditions

Evidence of discrimination

Types of discrimination


3 Migrant and minority women, inequalities and discrimination in the labour market

            Eleonore Kofman, Judith Roosblad, and Saskia Keuzenkamp


Labour participation and unemployment of men and women, both migrant and native

Differences in sectors of employment

Income, working conditions and terms of employment

Deskilling and underutilization of skills and educational qualifications

Immigration, legal status and employment


4 Employment equity policies in work organisations

            Stijn Verbeek and Rinus Penninx


Different concepts and perspectives

Classifications of employment equity policies

Existence of employment equity policies and their evaluation


5 Diversity management and the business case

            Michael Fischer


What is diversity management?

The benefits of diversity management

The implementation of diversity management

The business case: the diversity-performance link

Contextualising the impact of diversity

The business case for diversity management

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