Smarter people more concerned about racism but no more likely to support policies against it; study finds
Recent research shows that Americans think about racial questions differently than other political issues. In general, people with better scores on tests of intelligence are more likely to describe themselves as liberal, researchers have found. For example, they’re more likely to support intrusive governmental policies intended to protect the environment, according to the new study published by Geoffrey Wodtke, a sociologist at the University of Toronto. They’re also more likely to say that African-Americans are discriminated against and far less likely to call them stupid or lazy. But when you get down to dealing with racial prejudice, though, the new study reveals that smarter respondents are no more likely to support specific policies designed to improve racial equality – even though they are more liberal on other issues and are more likely to see discrimination as a problem.
Wodtke examined data from the General Social Survey, which has been asking Americans about their attitudes on a range of subjects since 1972. The survey includes a short, simple test of verbal intelligence. Wodtke's conclusion is that while many intelligent Americans might think of themselves as progressive, they might not be entirely prepared to stand by their stated views on race.
Source: Max Ehrenfreund
for the Washington Post
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Police threaten anti-refugee rioters with naming and shaming
The faces of several dozen people thought to have been involved in December’s anti-refugee riots in Geldermalsen were placed on the police website politie.nl on Friday in an effort to track them down. The photos, with the features obscured, will also be broadcast on local television on Friday evening. However, those who don’t come forward will reach national notoriety on February 2, when the photos will be broadcast without blurring on television crime show Opsporing Verzocht, police said on Friday.
What you need to know about refugees
Between January and October 2015 more than 45.000 people sought asylum in the Netherlands. The majority are Syrians, followed by people from Eritrea, Iraq and Afghanistan. The last time the world saw this number of refugees was during World War II.
Recently, a series of demonstrations by Dutch citizens against new refugee centres in their towns, provide a grim view of the reception of refugees in the country. However, when some of the demonstrators are interviewed, we get a very different picture. One wherein they describe not to be against refugees, but to be protesting against various other reasons related (and sometimes not) to the centres.What becomes clear is that many people, Dutch citizens and TCNs have difficulty separating fact from fiction. Some of the complaints and the reality of these are described in this piece.
Why are refugees not contained in their region?
The vast majority of Syrian refugees don’t travel to Europe, only three percent end up here according to Vluchtelingenwerk. 97 % of Syrian refugees stay in the region around Syria, according to VluchtelingenWerk. The United Nations estimates that more than four million Syrian refugees are staying in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, Egypt and North Africa. Many live in deplorable conditions in refugee camps on the borders.
To put the numbers in perspective, the EU has a population of 500 million. The Netherlands has almost 17 million residents and 45.000 refugees. The refugee population around Syria is as follows:
In Lebanon (population: 4,5 million) there are 1,2 million Syrian refugees.
In Jordan (population: 6,5 million) there are 630.000 refugees.
In Turkey (population: almost 75 million) there are about 2 million refugees.
In Iraq an estimated 58.000 people are living the one single refugee camp; Domiz.
Can anyone become a refugee?
The Centraal Orgaan opvang Asielzoekers (COA), VluchtelingenWerk Nederland, the Dutch Red Cross and the Salvation Army are working together to meet the needs of refugees arriving in the Netherlands and awaiting processing. The Immigration and Natural Service (IND) deals with the asylum requests and decides whether a refugee can stay or not. During the intake process, the IND verifies whether the refugee is truthful and honest about their story, their identity and their reason for coming to the Netherlands.
The decision of whether or not a refugee is allowed to stay is also not taken lightly by the IND. Refugees who cannot prove that they have non-financial motives for coming to the Netherlands are not granted asylum and are sent back.
In addition, becoming a refugee is not an easy decision. The journey to Western Europe is a dangerous one. In 2015, more than 3.700 refugees drowned while crossing the Mediterranean Sea. The smugglers who transport refugees charge a lot of money.
Do refugees get more financial support than a Dutch person?
This is often heard as a reason to feel resentment against refugees. Refugees are helped initially in the following ways:
During their stay in the reception center they are entitled to a sum for food, clothing and personal expenses. For a family with two children this amount to 162 euros per week. Residents with their own income or assets have to contribute, themselves, to their reception. After six months in the asylum procedure, asylum seekers are allowed to work, with a maximum of 40 hours for a period of 24 weeks. Part of their salary goes back to the asylum seekers' centre. Per week, an applicant must not exceed € 14 extra money with work and chores in the centers.
If they are given a residence permit and a house is found (this can take a long time) the house is delivered empty. They start from scratch. To buy the most basic necessities for their new home, such as a bed, sofa, table, chairs and refrigerator, the municipality provides the refugees a credit facility. This credit facility is a loan, not a gift.
What can one do to help in refugee integration and participation?
Helping them to learn the language and putting them in touch with locals and professionals with a similar employment background will go a very long way. Many refugees are highly educated but need help to improve their language skills and to make valuable connections.
Source: This is an adaptation of Thomas Lundberg's article for IamExpat
Related article: http://nos.nl/op3/artikel/2071050-wat-krijgt-een-vluchteling-in-nederland-eigenlijk.html
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