Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Islam and Judaism in the EU

It will come as no surprise that there are more Muslims than Jews in the EU. Thanks to a recent posting on the European Parliamentary Research Service Blog and a wikipedia article I now know how wide that gap is, and that because the number of identifiable (this is a very hazy area) Jews is diminishing, the gap is probably widening.

What may surprise some is the ratio: over ten to one. Nor does the UK have the highest Muslim population. We are outnumbered by France and Germany, and Cyprus tops the league in terms of percentage population at over 20%. Hungary, which is the EU nation most resistant to taking Middle East refugees, has less than 1% Muslim population, as do Poland and Czechia.

It is good to see that the EU has taken action against both Islamophobia and anti-semitism while there are signs (including this one) that political parties here are going backwards.

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