Challenging Islamophobia: Attitudes to Islamic Immigration

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Posted Sep 26, 2017 | S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Paul Hedges

Recent surveys across Europe show that despite Muslim integration, there is rising suspicion of Muslims, and of Islam in particular, and a pushback against Islamic immigration. Only ten percent of those polled said that they felt “similar” to Muslims, suggesting that Muslims are widely seen as culturally different. In this report for the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Paul Hedges suggests that whereas European societies need to be more open to accepting new communities and change, Muslim and other immigrants can be more proactive in integrating and playing a role in host societies. The challenge remains, however, how to promote a more positive understanding of Islam and the contribution Muslims can make to society.



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