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Anti-Islamic Discrimination Rising In Countries Attacked By Jihadis

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Joshua Gill Religion Reporter

Anti-Islamic discrimination is on the rise, according to a new poll conducted in European countries that have suffered horrific jihadi attacks.

The poll, conducted by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, reported that 40 percent of the 10,500 Muslim participants across Europe say they have experienced discrimination in various forms, according to The Guardian. The agency conducted the poll in 15 European Union member states, including: Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands, and Sweden. Each of these countries has suffered Islamic terrorist attacks that killed multiple people in recent years.

“Muslims living in the EU face discrimination in a broad range of settings – and particularly when looking for work, on the job, and when trying to access public or private services,” the report said. “The report examines how characteristics – such as an individual’s first and last name, skin colour and the wearing of visible religious symbols like a headscarf, for example – may trigger discriminatory treatment and harassment.”

The majority of those who claimed to experience discrimination said they believed it was because of their ethnic origin or immigrant status. Seventeen percent believe they were discriminated against because of religious beliefs. Those polled claimed to have experienced discrimination from police, employers, potential employers, and random acquaintances.

“Every incident of discrimination and hate crime hampers inclusion and reduces the chances of finding employment,” said Michael O’Flaherty, head of the European agency. “We risk alienating individuals and their communities with potentially perilous consequences.”

O’Flaherty did not expound on the “potentially perilous consequences” of failing to cut down on discrimination toward Muslims.

Failures of cultural integration have, however, resulted in Islamic discrimination and violence against European communities, such as the Islamic fundamentalist gangs imposing Sharia law in German towns, and a terrorist attack and exponential increase of Islamic extremists in Sweden, as well as the most recent attacks in the U.K. and Spain.

Those who experienced discrimination, the poll report note, typically developed a lower level of trust in and attachment to their country of residence as a result.

“Among persons who experienced discrimination, harassment or violence because of their ethnic or immigrant background in the 12 months, preceding the survey, the percentage of those who feel (strongly) attached to the country of residence is more than 10 points lower than for those without any victimisation experiences (68 % versus 81 %),” the report said.

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