Monday, May 15, 2006

UK - Muslims face deprivations

And it's all our fault.

LONDON - Muslims are more likely than other religious minorities to be unemployed and live in poor housing in the most deprived parts of England, according to a government study Monday.

Half of English Muslims over the age of 25 are not involved in the formal labor market and a third live in the most deprived areas of the country, according to the study commissioned by the government.

Muslims are also particularly vulnerable to long-term illness and experience poor levels of education, said the researchers from the universities of Derby, Warwick, Birmingham and Oxford.

Now don't you just feel sorry for this poor persecuted religion? - Islam that is. Well, hold the hankies.

The report said members of the Muslim, Sikh and Hindu communities were likely to remain concentrated in the same areas because families want to stay close together and many prefer to live near their places of worship.

They choose not to integrate.

Sir Iqbal Sacranie, secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said the research showed the poverty and other deep-seated problems that have contributed to the marginalization and disaffection felt among many young Muslims.

Their parents and their mosques refuse to let them integrate.

I'm afraid the situation will remain this way until they are forced to integrate into British society.

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