Immigrants’ names as an initial factor of discrimination
A field experiment reveals social Integration difficulties for people with names of a foreign origin
1From email accounts with profiles clearly identifiable as either locals or immigrants, messages were sent applying to take part in a trial training session with an amateur football team.
2Applications from foreign nationals received less attention than those from native players, both in Switzerland and, more markedly, in Spain.
3Name-based discrimination affects newly arrived immigrants and second- and third-generation immigrants alike.
4The research will be extended to some twenty European countries and will enable analysis of the differences in results between countries and whether there is a tendency to penalise names from certain origins more.
Applications sent to local football clubs signed by names such as Daniel Rodríguez or Pablo González, referring to a clearly native origin, obtained a positive response in practically half of cases. In contrast, only just over a third of those signed by names of foreign origin, such as Youssef Alami, were successful.