WHAT ABORTION IS DOING TO EUROPE —
Europe’s Islamic Problem
DATE OF PUBLICATION: SEPTEMBER 2011
More abortions are carried out in Britain than any
other country in Europe, research has shown. It has overtaken France,
which has a larger population —to become the abortion capital of the
For the sake of convenience, European women are aborting their babies.
But all these child deaths in Europe have brought serious problems to
that continent. A significant fact is that Europeans are becoming a
In their place, Muslims from Turkey, the Near East, and North Africa are
fast becoming a major part of the population. —And Islam brings with it
very serious problems.
Many analysts say most of Western Europe’s Muslims are poorly integrated
into society. There are closed ethnic neighborhoods and high crime rates
in Muslim communities, calls for use of sharia law in Europe, the
wearing of the veil, and other examples as evidence of a conflict with
European values. Oxford University scholar, Tariq Ramadan, wrote in the
Christian Science Monitor: “Over the last two decades Islam has become
connected to so many controversial debates . . it is difficult for
ordinary citizens to embrace this new Muslim presence as a positive
factor.” Fears over a possible major demographic shift toward Islam as
well as ongoing Muslim assimilation problems highlight the continuing
divide between Europe and its Muslim population.
The rise of Islamic regimes after the Iranian revolution in 1979—and
more recently the increase in terrorism—has called attention to the fact
that many of these immigrants were not only ethnically different but
The European Union’s June 2009 strategy report on immigration (PDF)
shows a total of 18.5 million registered non-EU nationals and an
estimated 8 million illegal immigrants living in the European Union.
According to a 2008 Brookings study, the EU countries with the largest
percentages of Muslims are France at an estimated 8%, Netherlands
estimated at 6%, Germany at 4%, and the United Kingdom at 3% of the
population. And Muslim populations exceed 20% in some major EU cities.
The total Muslim population, including immigrant and native born, in
Western Europe is about 20 million of the EU’s 500 million residents.
The continuing influx of immigration from Islamic countries, along with
higher immigrant birth rates and lower native European birth rates,
means Muslims in Western Europe will significantly increase in coming
Experts say Muslims in Europe are more likely than the EU general
population to be poor and live in segregated, crime-prone neighborhoods,
according to a 2007 report from the Center for European Policy Studies.
However, other analysts find that many Muslims self-segregate because of
language barriers—and especially their Muslim religion. Jocelyne Cesari,
a Harvard professor and author of a 2004 book, When Islam and Democracy
Meet, argues that, in order to protect themselves, some Muslims seek
closed communities similar to the Amish community in the United States.
She says Europeans need to learn to differentiate between religious
“conservatives and Jihadists.”
High crime rates and dependency on the social welfare system also
contribute to European feelings, that there is a Muslim problem.
Lack of economic opportunity among poor Muslim populations has also
contributed to tensions in recent years. EU Muslims tend to have high
unemployment rates. Unemployment rates for Pakistani and Bangladeshi
women were nearly twice as high as for other minority women. A 2009
report from the Quilliam Foundation, a London-based organization focused
on counter-extremism issues, says polling of South Asian Muslim women
found that unemployment was less because of religion and culture than
because of poor job and language skills (PDF), a lack of childcare, or
Religion and Identity. Muslims in Germany, Britain, and France were
twice as likely as the general public to consider religion a significant
part of their daily lives, according to a 2007 Gallup poll. A Pew 2006
poll shows that Muslims in Europe are much more likely to identify
themselves by their religion before their nationality.
Muslim culture is at odds with Europe on issues such as freedom of
expression, the rights of women, and the separation of church and state.
The focus of the debate over Muslim immigration and integration is
connected to fears of radicalism underscored by terror attacks in London
and Madrid and a host of other incidents and arrests.