Article i 'Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv' no. 2 2000, page 39-65.
Ethnic equality as a goal
What are the barriers and the qualification demands?
Margit Helle Thomsen og Mahad Huniche
Based on a survey of ethnic minorities position
on the state labour market, the article
discusses obstacles which currently hamper
a policy of ethnic equality. As one of the
central obstacles, the article focuses on the
widespread tendency to recruit personnel
influenced by the socalled recognition
principle, in which both management and
employees prefer to employ persons that resemble
the existing environment. The ideology
and perception of recruiting on the
basis of neutral and objective qualification
requirements is yet another obstacle which
may legitimise the exclusion of applicant
groups deviating from the existing environment
by age, sex, professional profile, sociocultural preconditions or ethnicity. The
article concludes that a systematic buildup
of intercultural competence as an element
in workplaces employee training is a means
to eliminate the obstacles.