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Benchmarking Muslim well-being in EuropeReducing disparities and polarizations$
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Pamela Irving Jackson and Peter Doerschler

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428875

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428875.001.0001

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The general well-being of Muslims in Europe

The general well-being of Muslims in Europe

(p.121) Six The general well-being of Muslims in Europe
Benchmarking Muslim well-being in Europe

Pamela Irving Jackson

Peter Doerschler

Policy Press

In this chapter the life satisfaction and general happiness of Muslims in Europe is examined, along with their well-being in several specific key areas of life, including income, health, education, employment, awareness of political information, and access to information sources. Data from the European Social Survey and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights provide a new perspective on Muslims in France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, in demonstrating so many similarities between Muslims and other Europeans. While these data do not contradict the well-documented socio-economic marginalization of European Muslims, they demonstrate that Muslims are not isolated or dissatisfied with the major state institutions within which they conduct their lives. Their confidence in the educational, health and economic systems of their European state is not much different from that of their European neighbours, and in many areas is more positive. The data provide little, if any, support for the belief that Muslims are isolating themselves in Europe. Like their non-Muslim neighbours, Muslims support the institutions of the state, follow politics and the news, and utilize the internet. These attitudes and habits reflect their integration into Europe, not self-segregation into parallel societies.

Keywords:   Well-being, Life satisfaction, Benchmarking, Muslim youth, Marginalization of Muslims, Education of Muslims, Income of Muslims, Parallel societies

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