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Research Survey: What Do Europeans Think About Muslim Immigration?

At least the polls were worded right this time around.



What Do Europeans Think About Muslim Immigration?

07 February 2017
Chatham House
The Royal Institute of International Affairs


Matthew Goodwin
Professor Matthew Goodwin
Visiting Senior Fellow, Europe Programme

8 thoughts on “Research Survey: What Do Europeans Think About Muslim Immigration?

  1. From headlines on this page:
    Europe’s Muslim rape epidemic: ‘Cologne is every day’

    Nearly half of Turkish immigrants in Germany put Islam above law, shock study reveals

    Pew Data: More Than 60 Million Muslims Hold Favorable Views of ISIS
    Germany: Muslim migrants linked to 69,000 crimes in first three months of 2016

    Belgium: 35% of prison population is Muslim, who make up only 6% of population
    Gap Between Migrant Contribution and Migrant Cost to UK is £17 Billion

    Something the mainstream media seems terrified of is talking honestly about changes happening right now in Europe with these huge influxes of Muslim migrants. And going forward into the future, what will the likely changes be demographically and culturally for countries where as in the NY Times it was said ‘Islam is taking root in Europe.

    I watched a fine program yesterday about a charming village in England, which has many of the same buildings as it did centuries ago, many of the same celebrations and customs, which the local people – many of whom whose families have lived there for generations – enjoy and wish to keep that way. It has taken centuries for European nations to have arrived at their civil, stable and overall refined societies.

    Even in small minority populations, Muslims somehow manage to get some sort of coverage in the U.S. nearly every day, usually from the perspective of ‘poor victims’, as if those who follow Islamic rules and law are completely divorced from the reality of the rape and abuse culture by Muslim males, hatred of democratic ideals and embrace of Sharia law. Even for those so called peace loving Muslims, there is still significant support for terrorist organizations as well as demented, savage attacks as with the cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo.

    This will eventually end up in an open civil war between the ‘newcomers’ and hanger ons and natives of European countries.


  2. @ Ericka, one wonders how these same politicians who so whole heartedly embrace the mass of incoming Muslims will feel when these same politicians become an endangered species, either through being voted out, or in future generations being replaced by the same Islamists that they seem to adore.

    Things appear to be changing as more native Europeans are coming around to the so called ‘far right’ politicians.


  3. ‘Deputy mayor Jean-Francois Martins told a news conference: “The terror threat remains high in Paris, and the most vulnerable sites, starting with the Eiffel Tower, must be the object of special security measures.”

    Ah, but we not need worry, as Obama promised that all of the refugees, well the ones coming to the U.S., were ‘widows and orphans’. Hmm. I think that European countries are understanding very well the very real possibility of terrorist attacks, as they have already experienced some horrific ones. The idea that radical Islamic terrorists do not represent Islam is a fiction, and a ludicrous one at that.


  4. Another article which illustrates well the ongoing dangers of radical islam in France
    PARIS — Four people, including a 16-year-old girl, who were believed to be preparing a terrorist attack were arrested in southern France on Friday after bomb-making materials were found in the home of one of the detainees, according to the Paris prosecutor’s office.

    The three other people taken into custody near the city of Montpellier were men, ages 20, 26 and 33, said Agnès Thibault-Lecuivre, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office, but no other information about the four was released.

    The arrests highlighted the danger posed to France, which has been the site of several deadly attacks in the past two years and is thought to be the most targeted country in Europe.

    French Terrorism Suspects Appeared Anything But DEC. 14, 2016
    Assailant Near Louvre Is Shot by French Soldier FEB. 3, 2017
    The French Way of Fighting Homegrown Terrorism MARCH 30, 2012
    Scores Die in Nice, France, as Truck Plows Into Bastille Day Crowd JULY 14, 2016

    In a statement, the Interior Ministry said that the police operation was preceded by a two-week investigation led by the antiterrorism section of the Paris prosecutor’s office and that an attack had been “imminent.” Ms. Thibault-Lecuivre said, however, that the authorities “do not know where nor how” it was to be carried out.

    Three of the people taken into custody were “directly suspected of preparing a violent act on our territory,” the interior minister, Bruno Le Roux, said in the statement.

    The prosecutor’s office said that the police who searched the 20-year-old’s home found 70 grams of TATP, or triacetone triperoxide, a peroxide-based explosive that was used by the Islamic State in attacks in Paris and Brussels.

    Ms. Agnès Thibault-Lecuivre said that police officers had also discovered ingredients that could have been used to produce more TATP, including a liter, or just over a quart, of acetone, a liter of hydrogen peroxide and a liter of sulfuric acid.

    Although officials noted the serious nature of the threat posed by the thwarted plot, the amount of chemicals found on Tuesday was a small fraction of the amount found in a Brussels apartment shortly after deadly attacks in the Belgian capital last March.

    Investigators in Brussels found 30 pounds of TATP in one apartment and ingredients to make much more, along with 40 gallons of acetone and eight gallons of hydrogen peroxide. TATP is so unstable that even a small amount can cause a significant explosion.

    France is under a state of emergency that was declared after the November 2015 attacks in and around Paris that left 130 people dead, and the country has been consistently on edge. This month, a man wielding two large knives was shot in Paris after he attacked a military patrol near the Louvre Museum.

    The prosecutor’s office said on Friday evening that the man, who remained hospitalized, had been placed under formal investigation on terrorism charges, including attempted murder and criminal conspiracy.

    Parliament sought to further bolster security last year by passing a series of measures that gave the judicial and police authorities more powers in dealing with terrorism suspects, but the government suffered a setback on Friday when France’s top constitutional court struck down one of the new provisions.

    The court, the Constitutional Council, which ensures that legislation conforms to the French Constitution, found that a provision that made it a crime to regularly consult websites that promote terrorism disproportionately violated the freedom of communication.

    The court ruled that existing legislation was sufficient to counter terrorist propaganda online. The provision had subjected offenders to a prison sentence as long as two years and a fine of up to 30,000 euros, or about $33,500.

    The French authorities regularly uncover plots to carry out attacks. Mr. Le Roux told lawmakers in December that 13 attempts to commit terrorist attacks had been thwarted over a five-month period.

    Mr. Le Roux said the plots had involved more than 30 people, including women and minors, stressing that this amounted to a “very striking evolution in the course of the recent months” and that “the whole national territory is being targeted.”

    The plots included a thwarted effort in September, when security forces disrupted a group of radicalized young women who planned to set off an explosion near the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris using a car stuffed with gas canisters.

    Two months later, the French authorities said that five people who had been taken into custody were Islamic State operatives being directed by a commander in Iraq or Syria, and that they were planning an “imminent” attack.

    On Friday, there were also reports in the French news media that a prolific terrorism planner for the Islamic State, identified as Rachid Kassim, had been killed in an American airstrike near Mosul, Iraq. A press officer at the Pentagon, Maj. Adrian J. T. Rankine-Galloway, confirmed only that coalition forces had targeted Mr. Kassim and were assessing the results of the strike.

    Mr. Kassim, a French citizen thought to be in his late 20s, has been described by counterterrorism officials and analysts as one of the group’s most dangerous “virtual planners” who spurred attacks that focused on targets in France. French-speaking recruits for the terrorist group flocked to his Telegram channel, the messaging app that has become the go-to service for the jihadists, where Mr. Kassim posted a steady diet of audio diaries, inciting his followers in France to attack. According to French investigative documents, he helped organize the attack by two young men, Adel Kermiche and Abdel Malik Nabil, before they burst into the St.-Étienne-du-Rouvray church and cut the throat of its priest. Officials also believe he had a role in several other attacks or plots, including possibly the stabbing of a French police officer and his girlfriend last summer.

    Follow Aurelien Breeden on Twitter @aurelienbrd.


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