Dutch-Turkish, Moroccans have less access to permanent jobs

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Dutch with a Turkish or Moroccan backgroun far more often don't have permanent jobs than their Dutc counterparts. Their temporary jobs less often turn into permanent contracts, they spend more time in temporary work or even lose those jobs, according to Statistics Netherlands in its annual report on integration.

About 1.8 million people in the Netherlands have work, but not permanent jobs - for example they work as a seasonal worker or on a temporary contract. Of all the Dutch workers, 20 percent form part of this group, or the "flexible workforce". Among those with a Turkish and Moroccan background, 35 percent have only temporaray work. 

Native Dutch with flexible work also switch over to permanent jobs far more quickly. Over a period of five years, 38 percent found permanent employment. Among Tukish-Dutch that percentage is 22 percent, and among other non-westenr minorities it is only slightly higher.

Education seems to play a very big role in these differences, according to Statistics Netherlands. Native Dutch are often better educated, with only 22 percent not making it past the first part of high school. Among Morrocan-Dutch 40 percent did not finish high school and 47 percent of Turkish-Dutch. A low level of education makes it harder to find permanent work. 

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