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Refusal of benefits and unjust treatment. Biographies, characteristics and reactions of the people subjected to discrimination.Français

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Authors :

Catherine Chauveaud, Nadine Mandran, Philippe Warin
Grenoble, Odenore, June 2005

Collection :

Study n° 13

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Addressee(s) : Department of research, evaluation and statistics at the ministry of social affairs and health. (Direction de la recherche, des études, de l’évaluation et des statistiques- DREES).

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Methods : Surveys on the INSEE database "Life history – Construction of identities" (n + 8,400, surveys undertaken in 2003). Statistical analysis (univariate, bivariate and multivariate).

Scale : National.

Resulting focus : Of the 32% of individuals who claimed to have been discriminated against in one or more ways, over 13% said that this discrimination put them in situations where they were mocked, rejected, treated unjustly or refused benefits. People who claimed to have suffered the latter two types of treatment in their relations with administrative services – with the consequence of not submitting an application or not receiving an answer to an application – accounted for respectively 3.4% and 2% of the entire sample.
Situations of unjust treatment and refusal of benefits are related more to objective causes than to appearances. Gender, age, skin colour and occupation are the main motives.
The risk of being subjected to such treatment increases when the person's health is bad (or perceived to be so), when their level of qualification is low or high, and in relation to their origins (risk of refusal perceived to be higher for French people of foreign origin and risk of unjust treatment higher among their parents' generation).