Hiring discrimination has been revealed to be high in France and Sweden more than it is in other countries including the United States, according to research.

The research recently which was spearheaded by North-western University sociologist Lincoln Quillian compared conditions in nine countries, Canada, the US and seven European nations concluded that racism infested hiring processes in all of them.

“In high-discrimination countries, white natives receive nearly twice the call-backs of non-whites in low-discrimination countries, white natives receive about 25 percent more,” researchers write in the journal Sociological Science.

France and Sweden appeared to be the most discriminatory countries, per this research.

Men and women of colour often suspect that they are not taken as seriously as the white people they are competing against.

The new research finds that hiring discrimination in several major European nations is considerably greater than in the United States.

Researchers, Quillian and his colleagues conducted a meta-analysis of 97 field experiments featuring more than 200,000 job applicants in the nine countries and compared the percentage of call-backs received by minority job applicants against those received by members of the national majority group.

“In every country we consider, non-white applicants suffer significant disadvantages in receiving call-backs for interviews compared with white natives with similar job-relevant characteristics.”

“On average, whites receive 65 to 100 percent more call-backs in France and Sweden than non-white minorities,” they report.

“In Germany, the United States, and Norway, they receive 20 to 40 percent more.”

The reasons for these differences are unclear. Frequently cited causes like the legacies of slavery or colonialism don’t fully explain the higher levels of discrimination in a country like Sweden.

Researchers argue that some of these differences are the result of current-day norms and policies.

 

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