Just 15% of Moroccan, Turkish women are economically independent

Turkish and Moroccan women in Amsterdam are far from economically independent. Even young, relatively well educated women, are doing almost three times worse on the job market than ethnic-Dutch women of the same age.

This is the first time that the municipal Department for Research and Statistics studies how many women in Amsterdam are economically independent, ie, earn more than 1000 EUR i in net-income a month. Barely 15% of Turkish and Moroccan women are economically independent, compared to 55% of ethnic-Dutch women. Surinamese and Antillean women do considerably better: 43% are financially independent.

The big difference is caused not only by the first generation Turkish and Moroccan women, who came to the Netherlands without much of an education. In the 25-34 year olds category, just 25% of Turkish and Moroccan women are economically independent, compared to 71% of ethnic-Dutch women. [Ed: This article shouldn't assume women of that age can't be first generation immigrants. ]

“That difference can’t be explained by a difference in education,” says Kim Wannet of the Emancipation Service Desk, which requested the study. “There is more going on. They do have the opportunities to work, but the question is if they want to, and may.”

Source: Parool (Dutch)