A third of non-German job seekers feel discriminated against in Germany

A third of non-German job seekers feel discriminated against in Germany

A YouGov poll has found that an increasing number of non-Germans living in the federal republic feel as though they are discriminated against in the job-seeking process or while at work.

37,6 percent of migrant job seekers feel discrimination in Germany

A recent YouGov poll done in conjunction with the job search platform Indeed has revealed the extent to which non-German job seekers still feel discriminated against in the federal republic, despite a nationwide worker shortage.

According to the poll, 37,6 percent of respondents said that they felt like they were discriminated against while looking for a job. Many feel that even if they are lucky enough to get a job, discrimination is often present once they have taken up their position. 57,6 percent said that they feel they do not get as much recognition in their work as their German counterparts. 

Is the worker shortage improving the situation for non-German employees?

The record-high worker shortage is leaving Germany in a desperate situation and pushing politicians to look further afield than the EU and introduce new laws to find skilled workers to fill the millions of jobs that are currently vacant. The feeling among some poll respondents is that the current worker shortage has actually improved their work life.

According to 56,8 percent of respondents, it has been easier to find a job in Germany in the past 10 years. But it is those who are relatively new to the country, who arrived five years ago or fewer, who are likely to say that they have benefited from the worker shortage. Only 30,3 percent of people who have been in the federal republic for 15 years or more said that they feel the same way.

If you have experienced such discrimination in Germany, you can report the events to the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency here.

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Olivia Logan


Olivia Logan

Editor for Germany at IamExpat Media. Olivia first came to Germany in 2013 to work as an Au Pair. Since studying English Literature and German in Scotland, Freiburg and Berlin...

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