In this paper, the issue of changing labour-market opportunities and the position of members of minority groups in advanced service economies is addressed, focusing on the Dutch case. We distinguish between two social hierarchies, one of traditional ‘fordist’ occupations and one of post-fordist occupations. Compared to the native Dutch, all immigrant groups are over-represented at the bottom of the labour market, both in the fordist and in the postindustrial hierarchy. Increased immigrant labour-market participation in the 1990s was accompanied by a strong rise in the number of flexible labour contracts. Native Dutch also work more frequently on flexible labour contracts, but not to the same extent as immigrants. The lower occupational level of the Surinamese, Antilleans and other non-Western immigrants employed in post-industrial occupations can be attributed to their low educational level. This is not true, however, for Turks, Moroccans and other non-Western immigrants employed in fordist occupations. Their low occupational level can not be completely explained by their low educational level. The effects of changes in the economic structure differ for ethnic groups, depending on their past employment, their cultural capital and the institutional framework in which they have to operate.

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Keywords Class Position, Immigrant Workers, Labour Market, Post-Industrial Economy, The Netherlands
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Journal Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
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Snel, E, Burgers, J.P.L, & Leerkes, A.S. (2007). Class Position of Immigrant Workers in a Post-Industrial Economy: The Dutch Case. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 33(8), 1323–1342. doi:10.1080/13691830701614106