French Muslims hit by religious bias: Study

Last Updated: Friday, March 26, 2010 - 09:33

Paris: French Muslims face considerable discrimination based purely on their religion instead of their country of origin, according to a study released on Thursday by French and American researchers.
The study, ‘Are French Muslims Discriminated Against in Their Own Country?’ found that Muslims sending out resumes in hopes of a job interview had 2.5 times less chance than Christians of a positive response to their applications. It also showed that monthly salaries of Muslims were on average EUR 400 less than Christians.

"The discrimination Muslim candidates endure in the French labour market therefore seems to have concrete repercussions on their standard of living," the study says.

The study bills itself as the first to isolate Islam as the source of discrimination in the labour market.

The work was conducted by two Stanford University professors, David Laitin and Claire Adida, and a colleague at Sorbonne University, Marie-Anne Valfort. It was carried out in conjunction with the French-American Foundation and a grant from the US National Science Foundation.


First Published: Friday, March 26, 2010 - 09:33
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