29 June 2009
Muslims facing employment discrimination, survey finds
Muslims living in the European Union (EU) face high levels of discrimination, a new survey has found.
Conducted by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), that study discovered an average of one in three Muslim respondents reported being the victims of unfair treatment over the last 12 months.
The highest levels of discrimination occurred in employment.
Responding to the figures, director of the FRA Morten Kjaerum said: "The high levels of discrimination in employment are worrying.
"Employment is a key part of the integration process. It is central to the contributions that migrants make to society and to making such contributions visible."
He added that discrimination could hamper the process of integration.
It was also found that 59 per cent of Muslims polled believed that nothing would happen if they reported being the victims of discrimination.
Replacing the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia, the FRA was set up in March 2007.