We Aim Too High As Women?

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Are ethnic minorities having trouble finding a job in the UK or is it a general issue about the rise of unemployment? The latest Survey of Ethnic Minority’s Unemployment Problem shows the reality across London. With a growing concern about the economic crisis in the UK, youth-unemployment and cultural subgroups struggling to find a job, a new survey has found that there is a huge amount of unemployed ethnic minority women. Some are even considering changing their appearances and going against their religion to find a job. Immigrants of East London, especially women around the area, are the perfect example of the unemployment problem in the UK. This was recently under- lined by the parliamentary report. Being an immigrant in a different city can be a hard feeling, and being jobless can make this much harder, making many feeling hopeless and desperate.

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Some women go as far as removing their hijabs Muslims, Jews etc. or making their names sound more English. 17.6% of people would consider changing their names in order to get a job, and some would also change their physical appearance, but 88.2% wouldn’t do this, even if they stay jobless for a long time. They did not want to be ashamed of their own cultures and traditions or religion. Fazilah Kilinc, 32, a London School of Economics (LSE) graduate on Global Media said, “I’ve worked for the BBC and never had any problems with my hijab or with my name. I don’t know other industries or sectors, but I don’t believe people would consider changing their names or surnames for only a job. We are what we have in our past, and if we are going to ignore our past or our cultures, we are not going to have a future at all.” Over half of people stated they do have problems, and only 35.3% of people think that it is difficult to find a job in the UK, even if you are not an ethnic minority.

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26-years-old Mine Gul is a graduate student from Central Saint Martins, and is now working as a Fashion Assistant in London. “Even as a British citizen, it was so hard to get a job. Even after I had graduated from an amazing Fashion college, and had my own designs and clothing lines, I still haven’t found my dream job. I don’t think it is about ethnicity. In these days it is
a main problem for all European cities.”

The report illustrated that 17.7% of Black women and 20.5% of Bangladeshi and Pakistani women are unemployed and are seeking a job, compared with only 6.8% of white women. It also showed that if you have an Asian, Middle Eastern or African background, it is nearly impossible for you to find your dream job. Walking down the bohemian East London streets, the reality is clear. A recently conducted survey shows just how hard it is for an African, Asian or Middle Eastern woman to find a job 
in the UK.

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Despite being jobless or unemployed, Londoners are still hopeful, and many don’t believe there is real discrimination in the UK’s job market. Still, they admit that these problems were based on the economical crisis and not specifically discriminating ethnic minorities. Over half said that it is a typical unemployment problem like every other country but 35.3% of people think the real problem is the person’s ethnicity. Ultimately, whichever person we asked about
the problem of unemployment, they all still had hope. The facts this survey found out show that ethnic minorities are still the orphans of British society, and that being an ethnic minority woman is even harder.

Ethnic groups in London boroughs;

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Interactive Data Map Link; http://batchgeo.com/map/46ac9fba46a5b4585e17682b34f90c81

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