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Thursday 5 December 2019

Black Africans suffer highest rates of work discrimination

Colm Kelpie

BLACK Africans living in Ireland are significantly more likely to be unemployed and face work discrimination than Irish people, new research shows.

Migrants who arrived here during the recession are also at greater risk of being discriminated against than their Irish counterparts.

The study from the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and the Equality Authority also found that in 2010, black Africans were almost seven times more likely than white Irish people to experience discrimination when looking for work, and almost seven times more likely to be discriminated against in the workplace.

The ethnic group has the highest rates of unemployment and discrimination linked to work.

They recorded the highest unemployment rate at 36pc and were four times more likely to be out of work than white Irish.

Renee Dempsey, Equality Authority chief executive, said immigrants do not fare as well as Irish people in the labour market.

"Clearly there needs to be a renewed focus on promoting equality for immigrants and for minority ethnic groups in the labour market and throughout society," Ms Dempsey said.

The results are based on a new analysis of the CSO's 2010 Quarterly National Household Survey Equality Module.

Key findings from the Ethnicity and Nationality in the Irish Labour Market study include:

• Black Africans recorded the highest unemployment rate being four times more likely to be unemployed than white Irish individuals;

• White people from the old EU member states recorded the lowest unemployment rate at 9pc, followed by Asians at 12pc;

• Black Africans and ethnic minority EU individuals were less likely to have jobs than Asians and white people from the EU;

• Black Africans, Asians, Ethnic minority EU and white people from the UK and 12 EU new member states were less likely than white Irish nationals to work in professional and managerial occupations;

• Migrants who arrived in Ireland during the recession were more likely to suffer discrimination job hunting than those who arrived during the boom;

• All national ethnic groups, apart from white UK and white EU-13 individuals, reported substantially higher rates of discrimination in the workplace than white Irish;

• People in the 55-59 age group were more likely to report discrimination when looking for work in 2010 compared with 2004. The ESRI branded this "significant".

They were also more than twice as likely to suffer discrimination while looking for work compared with those aged between 20 and 24.

The ESRI suggested that part of the severe disadvantages suffered by black Africans could be due to the fact that many are refugees.

"People who enter the country as asylum seekers spend a considerable period of time excluded from the labour market and in many respects excluded from participation in Irish society," the report said.

Irish Independent

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