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The next generation: Experiences of higher educated Turkish-Dutch on The Hague labour market


  • Karijn G. Nijhoff

    () (The Hague University of Applied Sciences, The Hague, The Netherlands.)


This paper explores the relationship between education and labour market positioning in The Hague, a Dutch city with a unique labour market. One of the main minority groups, Turkish-Dutch, is the focus in this qualitative study on higher educated minorities and their labour market success. Interviews reveal that the obstacles the respondents face are linked to discrimination and network limitation. The respondents perceive “personal characteristics” as the most important tool to overcoming the obstacles. Education does not only increase their professional skills, but also widens their networks. The Dutch education system facilitates the chances of minorities in higher education through the “layering” of degrees.

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  • Karijn G. Nijhoff, 2014. "The next generation: Experiences of higher educated Turkish-Dutch on The Hague labour market," Migration Letters, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 11(2), pages 206-217, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:mig:journl:v:11:y:2014:i:2:p:206-217

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