Most of Europe’s Muslims want to live in mixed communities, not segregated neighbourhoods, a new report says.
The work by the Open Society Institute (OSI), an independent think-tank, looked at the social integration of Muslims in 11 West European cities…
The report says religious discrimination remains a critical barrier to their participation in European society, and the situation has worsened in recent years…
Nazia Hussein, who supervised the work, says many Muslims are still seen as outsiders.
“The majority of Muslims that we’ve spoken to across 11 cities feel very strongly attached to their neighbourhood and city, they feel quite strongly attached to their country,” she told the BBC. “But at the same time they don’t believe that their fellow countrymen or the wider society sees them as either German or French or English…”
New laws forbidding the wearing of visibly religious symbols or clothing in schools have had a detrimental impact, it says…
City authorities were “fighting residential segregation”, it acknowledged, but educational segregation remains a problem.
The authors conclude that social segregation does matter, but it is of most concern to Muslims themselves.
One of the most interesting points – indicating who is really trying to build a new society – was the success of cities trying to foster an inclusive city identity.
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