Poland profiles unemployed to determine access to job search assistance


In May 2014 the Polish Ministry of Labor and Social Policy (MLSP) introduced a scoring system to distribute unemployment assistance. Citizens are divided into three categories by their “readiness” to work, the place they live, disabilities and other data. Assignment to a given category determines the type of labor market programs that a particular person can receive from the local labor offices (e.g. job placement, vocational training, apprenticeship, activation allowance). The Panoptykon foundation argues that the system’s default criteria of profiling assistance are leading to discrimination and is not transparent.

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Writer: Panoptykon Foundation
Publication: Panoptykon Foundation
Date of publication: 2016-09-03

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