Applicants with Turkish Names at a Disadvantage on the Job Market

Bewerber mit türkischen Namen benachteiligt

As reported by Die Zeit, 2/8/10, the Institute for the Future of the Job Market (des Instituts zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)) performed a study with the University in Konstanz, Germany with regards to educational and job-market inequality in Germany and abroad. 1,000 applications of fictional, fully-qualified individuals, with names of both German and Turkish origins were sent in for internship positions for business students. The results: the applications of the people with “Turkish names” were significantly less well-received, although just as professionally qualified as those with “German names”.

This article pinpoints, although discounts the full implications of the study by clarifying that other countries produced even larger disparities between “citizens” and “foreigners,” that the Turkish name or face in Germany counts for more than what might be behind that exterior. Much like the article below which discusses the dentist issue and the name “Jihad,” it seems the labeling of an individual (in these cases by name) very much supersedes all else: intelligence, experience, the right and need to health care, etc…

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