NCCR Book Out Now

The “NCCR book” is out now! Actually, it’s called “Migrants and Expats: The Swiss Migration and Mobility Nexus” and is edited by Ilka Steiner and Philippe Wanner. The book unites work by many of the researchers of the NCCR on the move, making use of the first round of the Migration-Mobility Survey. You’ll also find some discussion of the migration-mobility nexus, and a chapter by Daniel Auer and myself on perceived discrimination. As an IMISCOE publication, the book is available open access with a printed version due in a few weeks.

Auer, D., & Ruedin, D. (2019). Who feels disadvantaged? Drivers of perceived discrimination in Switzerland. In I. Steiner & P. Wanner (Eds.), Migrants and Expats: The Swiss Migration and Mobility Nexus. New York: Springer.

Missing Studies on Discrimination

When we published our meta-analysis on ethnic discrimination in hiring, we were puzzled about the tests indicating missing (unpublished) studies. The same can also be found for discrimination in the housing market. A while ago, I looked at the Neumark test as a possible explanation. After more reflection (and a discussion with Anthony Heath), I now suggest there might indeed missing studies in the sense of unpublished. Some of the correspondence and audit studies are sponsored by agencies with a clear agenda of showing the existence of discrimination. While for academics a study not finding much discrimination may still be worth purusing as a publication, these agencies who fight racism and discrimination may not. We might be looking at small-scale studies, but still. Let’s be clear though, the ‘true’ level of discrimination we can enumerate in a meta-analysis is not what matters: it’s the fact of consistent and systematic discrimination — and a few ‘missing’ studies cannot change this.

Auspurg, Katrin, Andreas Schneck, and Thomas Hinz. 2018. ‘Closed Doors Everywhere? A Meta-Analysis of Field Experiments on Ethnic Discrimination in Rental Housing Markets’. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 0 (0): 1–20.

Zschirnt, Eva, and Didier Ruedin. 2016. ‘Ethnic Discrimination in Hiring Decisions: A Meta-Analysis of Correspondence Tests 1990–2015’. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 42 (7): 1115–34.

Ethnic discrimination in hiring: UK edition

The BBC report on a large correspondent test in the UK carried out by the excellent GEMM project. It’s good to see this reach a wider audience; it’s sad to see the results from our meta-analysis confirmed once again.

British citizens from ethnic minority backgrounds have to send, on average, 60% more job applications to get a positive response from employers compared to their white counterparts

What I really like about this short report by the BBC is that the essentials are covered. Yes we see discrimination, but no, it’s not so bad that none of the minority applicants would ever succeed. They also start the piece with an example of someone changing their name on the CV as a strategy to counter expected (or experienced) discrimination — and they highlight that discrimination has not declined despite policy changes, and indeed that discrimination affects native citizens who happen to have a ‘foreign’ name: they pay for an action of their parents or grandparents.

Are employers in Britain discriminating against ethnic minorities?, GEMM project: PDF of report

Zschirnt, Eva, and Didier Ruedin. 2016. ‘Ethnic Discrimination in Hiring Decisions: A Meta-Analysis of Correspondence Tests 1990–2015’. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 42 (7): 1115–34.

Call – Scientific Collaborator at the University of Neuchâtel 0.7 FTE (29.5 hours per week), 2 years

We’re hiring! Come and join us at the University of Neuchâtel:

Call for Application – Scientific Collaborator at the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies, University of Neuchâtel
0.7 FTE (29.5 hours per week)

Two years appointment

The Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies intends to appoint one scientific collaborator. Potential candidates must hold a MA degree in Political Science, Sociology, Migration Studies, or a related discipline, and excel in research.

The research component of this position are part a SNSF project on explaining naturalized citizens’ political engagement. The project wants to analyze the political preferences of naturalized citizens, the drivers to become active participants in left and right wing parties and how they make sense of their background with regard to the party’s discourses. This will be measured based on content analyses and biographical interviews.

1 RESEARCH ASSISTANT (15h/week, until 31 July 2019)

In the context of the NCCR ‘on the move’ ( we are looking for 1 research assistant to support research on the politicization of immigration in newspapers. We are now looking for one conscientious and reliable research assistant. You should be matriculated at the University of Neuchâtel, and will be expected to work relatively independently. You will search newspapers article in databases and code the contents of these articles following instructions. We offer somewhat flexible working hours (15h a week) and the ability to carry out some of the work from home. You will also be able to gain some insights in cutting-edge social science research. The position starts as soon as possible.