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Fashion magazine for the unemployed

18 April 2006 – Women who receive social assistance must take off their burqa when applying for a job. If they prefer to keep it on, their benefit will be terminated, says Alderman Ahmed Aboutaleb in Opzij magazine.

According to Aboutaleb, this measure is necessary because women will otherwise remain unemployed. “As you know, no one wants an employee who is wearing a burqa”. Every year, a small number of women would fail to find a job as a result of this.

Although Aboutaleb’s statements have received extensive media coverage, they hardly come as a surprise. Earlier, Utrecht alderman Hans Spekman announced exactly the same measure, and in December last year Amsterdam organised a conference on piercings, burqas and personal hygiene among social assistance recipients.

At that time, the Bijstandsbond (an organisation of social assistance recipients) found it surprising that the municipality would organise a ‘very expensive debate’ on this subject, rather than study the causes of mass unemployment. However, the organisation was good enough to think along: “We propose to use special income support to give the unemployed a subscription to fashion magazines”.

Incidentally, employers may not tell employees what to wear, unless there are good reasons to do so.

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