The general well-being of Muslims in Europe

Pamela Irving Jackson and Peter Doerschler

in Benchmarking Muslim well-being in Europe

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9781847428875
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307716 | DOI:
The general well-being of Muslims in Europe

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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

Chapter.  8028 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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