The perception that Muslim populations are larger than they really are is widespread in Europe, according to an analysis last year from Ipsos Mori.
The average French citizen thought 31% of France’s population was Muslim against the recorded 8%, Germans thought theirs was 19% against 6%, and in the UK the figures were 21% and 5%.
Misconceptions about minority populations stand in the way of a more informed debate on migration at a volatile time. As Giles Merritt, head of the Brussels-based think tank Friends of Europe, writes, “Last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris are likely to compound Europe’s deep divisions over how to respond to its refugee and migrant crisis.”
Monday, 23 November 2015
World Economic Forum: Europe’s misconceptions about its Muslim population