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Guatemala's indigenous groups suffer racism in employment, survey reveals

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

On average, only 12 percent of workers in small companies in Guatemala City are indigenous people, while the workforce of larger businesses has about 20 percent, according to a survey conducted by the government and an NGO.

The survey, based on telephone interviews with 550 business owners, revealed a high level of discrimination in the workplace.

According to official statistics, indigenous people comprise close to 40 percent of Guatemala's population of 14 million, but native organisations put the figure at more than 60 percent.

Original source: Inter-Press Service