May 9, 2011 8:15:28 PM CEST
canuckywoman (May 9 2011, 04:22 PM) said: > original post
I don't know about housing here, but my son is African-Canadian and he was able to scoop two jobs, one in retail and one in an office, within a month of moving here for a year, and without a university degree. He was judged on his merit (he's fluent in French and English), and (Proud Mom alert!) his charm during an interview. People always asked him whether he was Morrocan (obviously not knowing his surname), but even then, he never felt that his ethnicity had an negative impact on his life here, really.
There are idiots, but fortunately there are checks and balances here to address these idiots. I'm really crossing my fingers that things work out for safiaNL...
That's encouraging because although a house/apartment is available that doesn't mean someone will actually rent/sell it to you (as Safia found out the hard way; been there; it's not fun). Does the decision of this group hold any legal weight/consequences?
I have to say, though, that it seems, given how much Dutch banks are regulated, that it must be really hard to discriminate when it comes to mortgage terms. Anyone know? But then again, neighborhoods in Amsterdam seem terribly segregated. Is that by choice or bank design/government indifference?
I have no worries about finding a job, though I have some concern about finding a position that matches my qualifications. On that score, I think gender might be more of an issue than race/ethnicity, which should work to my advantage (sadly).