ethnic discrimination most prevalent during recruitment stage
Helsinki (09.05.2012 - Juhani Artto) In the Finnish labour market ethnic
minorities face discrimination at the recruitment stage in particular.
At work places and in termination situations ethnic discrimination is
not as common as at the recruitment stage. These are some of the major
findings in a new study* on discrimination in the labour market.
The study covers all labour-related categories and all grounds
the Finnish Non-Discrimination Act. According to the study, other
such as age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion and
do not lead to labour discrimination as frequently as ethnicity (and
nationality and language, which are closely related to ethnicity). The
frequency of ethnic discrimination is over three times higher than
discrimination, the researchers conclude.
Earlier studies indicate that Somalis/Sub-Saharan Africans and Arabs
the groups who have perceived most discrimination both in recruitment
the work place, while Estonians and Ingrian Finns have reported only
discrimination in all categories.
The report includes data from field studies carried out by the project's
researchers. It appears that "an applicant with a Russian name needs to
twice the number of applications in order to get invited to an interview
comparison to an equally qualified applicant with a Finnish name."
These kind of findings reflect the existence of backward attitudes in
life, says Lauri Ihalainen, the Minister of Labour and former President
SAK. Labour market organizations should intensify their cooperation in
to tackle these unsustainable attitudes, he proposes.
Research into labour discrimination in Finland has been rather
and has rarely provided directly comparable data. The new report
significantly the level and coverage of information on labour
discrimination. It also provides proposals on how to develop the
discrimination monitoring system.
The study was commissioned by the Ministry of Employment and the
the steering group of the project, SAK's lawyer Anu-Tuija Lehto
the entire trade union movement.
*Discrimination in the Finnish labor market. An overview and a field
experiment on recruitment, MEE May 2012 (a 212-page pdf-file)