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‘No Arabs please’: Job rejection sparks racial controversy in Germany

‘No Arabs please’: Job rejection sparks racial controversy in Germany


Fashionable Germany is a byword for racial tolerance, but one structure agency’s blunt response to an Egyptian job applicant has ignited a storm of controversy on social media.

Egyptian-born architect Yassen Gabr lately utilized for a emptiness at GKK+ Architekten, a prestigious Berlin-based agency whose web site boasts of its ethnically various workforce. He posted a screenshot of the rejection letter he acquired on Wednesday, which merely learn “no Arabs please.”

Gabr’s publish rapidly gained traction on social media. “He ought to sue them,” one commenter wrote. “And, why not publish the identify of the workplace in order that we are able to all see who this racist is?”

The agency advised DW that the incident was a “misunderstanding,” and that the message was “minimize quick” and “taken out of context.” The letter was apparently an inner communication despatched to Gabr by mistake, and the corporate apologized in a subsequent e mail.

Based on a research by the German Federal Anti-Discrimination Company, employees with “overseas sounding names” have been 24 p.c much less prone to be known as by employers for an interview. Overseas-born residents in Germany are additionally twice as prone to be unemployed as ethnic Germans.

A major variety of these non-nationals are of Arabic descent, as over one million Center Japanese and North African have come to Germany because the migrant disaster of 2015. Chancellor Angela Merkel has since been criticized for her “open door” immigration insurance policies.

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