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UK confusion between integration and counter-terrorism hinders Muslims
The government's conflation of integration with counter-terrorism has exacerbated inequalities experienced by British Muslims, MPs have said.
Islamophobia, stereotyping, cultural traditions and insufficient role models have also contributed to Muslims experiencing the highest levels of unemployment among all religious and ethnic groups – 12.8% compared with 5.4% for the general population – according to the Commons women and equalities committee.
The report, called Employment Opportunities for Muslims in the UK, published by the committee on Thursday, calls on the government to introduce specific policies to help Muslims overcome these issues but directs some of its strongest concerns towards integration policy.
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