Muslims Are Harder to Integrate

GERMANY. Ruud Koopmans is a professor of sociology at Humboldt University in Berlin who have run studies for 20 years about integration and assimilation. He has arrived at the conclusion that Muslims are more difficult to integrate than other immigrant groups.

He goes so far as to claim that no Western country has managed to do so and despite individual pattern breakers the general picture is discouraging.

For anyone who takes facts and data seriously, it is undeniable that Muslims are much worse at integration than other groups of immigrants, no doubt about that. There is also no doubt that in most other groups of immigrants, we see great progress from one generation to the next. Although it’s not completely absent in Muslims, the change is much slower,”

I conclude that the Islamic world in all these areas is lagging behind rest of the world. Increasingly so in the past 50 years. (…) The message in my book [The Decrepit House of Islam] is not that there is something inherently wrong with Islam itself, but that there is a problem with the way many Muslims and, globally, many Muslim countries interpret Islam. Namely, in a way that basically claims that the Quran and the Sunna must be taken literally, and that the way the Prophet lived in the 7th century must be the yardstick for how Muslims should live in the 21st century. Such a brand of Islam is, firstly, a threat to world peace. Secondly, it prevents integration.

Pakistan or the UK?

Some of Koopmans findings:

  • around 65% of Turkish and Moroccan Muslims in six European countries consider religious rules to be more important than the secular law of the country in which they live
  • Muslims consider themselves separate from other non-Muslim groups and refrain from broader interaction with those outside their religion
  • almost 60% of the Muslims surveyed rejected the idea of being friends with homosexuals
  • 45% said the same thing about Jews
  • up to 50 percent of Muslims in Europe hold fundamentalist beliefs (compared with less than 4% of Christians)

You find links to Koopmans research here.

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