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UK Study Confirms Existence of a “Muslim Penalty” in Job Market

UK Study Confirms Existence of a Muslim Penalty in Job Market
UK Study Confirms Existence of a Muslim Penalty in Job Market

A new research, published in the peer-reviewed Ethnic and Racial Studies journal, has confirmed the existence of a “Muslim penalty” in the United Kingdom’s employment market.

Both Muslim men and Muslim women living in the UK were found to have a significantly greater probability of unemployment than their respective white British Christian counterparts after adjustments were made for factors such as age, where they live, education, and whether they have children.

Samir Sweida-Metwally, a doctoral researcher at the University of Bristol, who carried out the research, supported by the Economic and Social Research Council, said: “The findings offer evidence against the view that Muslims’ poor employment outcomes in Britain are due to their so-called ‘sociocultural attitudes’.

“In challenging this narrative, which problematizes Muslims and their faith, the study lends support to the overwhelming evidence from field experiments that shows anti-Muslim discrimination towards Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim to be a significant barrier to them accessing work.”

His paper uses 10 years of data from the UK Household Longitudinal Study, an annual survey of about 100,000 people from 40,000 households that collects information, primarily through face-to-face interviews on people’s socio-economic situation.

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