Women outstrip men in jobless benefit claims
For the first time ever in the Netherlands, the number of women claiming unemployment benefit (ww) has outstripped the number of men, the national statistics office CBS says. In July, 213,000 women were claiming the benefit, a lead of just 1,000 over male claimants, the CBS says. This shows that more men are finding work as the economy picks up than women, the organisation says. Women are more likely to work in the care industries, where employment levels have been hammered following government reforms. Two years ago, when the jobless total peaked, 240,000 men were claiming ww benefits, compared with 200,000 women.
Fewer refugees come to the Netherlands, minister rejects segregation
The number of new asylum seekers arriving in the Netherlands fell to 2,400 last week, compared with 4,200 the week before, junior justice minister Klaas Dijkhoff has told reporters. Dijkhoff also said he did not favour separating refugees along religious lines, as urged by a police union and religious parties in parliament. People who have fled violence in their own countries and come to the Netherlands for safety must respect Dutch norms and values and the Dutch law, he said. And that includes respect for other religions.
Can you learn Dutch all by yourself?
Is learning Dutch all by yourself a good idea? It’s convenient and since you don’t need to pay a teacher, it’s also cheap! All you need to do is to buy a book and listen to some CDs. But while being your own teacher would be great, experience shows that it is not that realistic.This article presents some important factors to consider when making this decision.
Source: Albert Both for IAMEXPAT
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Human resources professionals would benefit from discrimination training
With the rise in discrimination research, the public is becoming more aware of how human resources (HR) professionals might discriminate when handling their applications for a vacancy. A recent case was that of Yassine M. who after being rejected, sent his CV again with a more Dutch-native name and one year of work experience less. He was soon contacted by a HR professional asking him to come for an interview. In this piece, the author provides four possible and different explanations for the HR professional's behaviour. Most of these the result of indirect discrimination.
Source: Laura Coello Eertink for Sociale Vraagstukken
The winners of the 2014 international children's stories competition
In november 2014 we announced the two winners of our 2014 international children's stories competition.
The winner of the 1-3 years category is Bella Makatini from Den Bosch, the Netherlands.
The winner of the category 4-6 years is Anne Sawan, from the United States of America.
Each winner has written a short background piece about themselves. You can read their pieces here.
Winners International Children's Stories Competition 2014
And the winning stories of the International Children's Stores Competition are: ''De grote vijf'' in the 1-3 age category by Bella Makatini from Den Bosch, The Netherlands and ''What can your Grandma do?'' in the 4-6 age category by Anne Sawan from Medfield, USA!
Many congratulations to both of you!