Sunday, February 15, 2015

Facts about the Muslim Population in Europe

Useful information from Pew. Did you know, for instance, that 72% of the French have a positive view of Muslims, higher than in any other European country? Germany and Britain are next. And it so happens that France, Germany, and Britain are, in that order, the countries with the largest proportion of Muslims in their population. But Italy, the next country on the list in terms of percentage of Muslims in the population, has the lowest favorable view (just 28%).


5 comments:

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bernard said...

Well, I was aware broadly of the numbers, but not the details.

Where Italy is concerned, my suspicion would be first that, because Italy is 350 km from Lybia (more or less the same distance as New York - Boston I guess), attitudes are highly influenced by what is taking place in Lybia. Secondly of course, almost all refugees trying to make it to Europe arrive in Italy first, and these refugees mostly come from Africa and the Middle East. Italy Has implemented an admirably humane policy for these refugees which costs a lot to the Italian budget.

Where Poland is concerned, no surprise there. I would not quite jokingly suggest that the question to the Poles should have been "is there anyone at all, not Polish, that you do not dislike?", and leave readers to ponder the fact that and the reasons why the proportion of Jews in Poland's population by the end of WWII was even lower than that in Germany. And if anyone still disagrees, they can interview those intellectual Polish Jews who assisted Solidarnosz on their view of the so-called new Poland.

Anonymous said...

@Bernard
"why the proportion of Jews in Poland's population by the end of WWII was even lower than that in Germany"
ummm...
"Prior to Second World War there were 3,500,000 Jews in the Polish Second Republic, about 10% of the population, living predominantly in the cities. Between the 1939 German invasion of Poland, and the end of World War II, over 90% of Polish Jewry perished"

bernard said...

@anonymous

I am afraid that you did not understand the sentence. Read again carefully and you may understand the surprising fact. A hint: the nazis also wanted to kill all German Jews...

Anonymous said...

Muslims have been present in France, UK and Germany for far longer than in Italy, starting in the the 1950s. In the French case, migrantion between Algeria and metropolitan France was domestic in nature until 1962. After two generations, most "indigenous" French, British and (West) Germans have gotten used to the presence of Muslims in the workplace, schools, government institutions, and the fields of arts and culture. The same cannot be said about Italy, which began receiving large-scale immigration only in the 1980s. Since this started, Italy has had a hard time coming up with a coherent immigration policy. There is a great deal of confusion between refugees, "illegal immigrants" and European Union (EU) nationals (extracomunitari), who are seen as part of the same group: immgirants. When Italian crime statistics are published, immigrants appear overrepresented. When they are broken down according to various categories, legal immigrants are no more likely to commit crimes than Italian citizens. Some EU nationals (for example Romanians) are overrepresented in some types of crimes - thefts - because of a growing racket involving stolen goods in Italy and eastern Europe. But this is rarely pointed out. At the same time, except for a few "neo-Italians" in sports, very few non-traditional faces are visible in Italian media, arts and culture.