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14 December 2009

Muslims in Britain are the most patriotic in Europe

Even the Mail can't help but report the results of this survey

By Mehdi Hasan

It’s a Monday. Start of the week. So how best to wind up the right-wing trolls? Hmm. I’ve done climate change already. I know: Islam and Muslims!

From the Daily Mail (the Daily Mail, for crying out loud! Hilarious!):

Muslims in Britain are the most patriotic and best integrated in Europe, according to a new study.

An average 78 per cent of UK Muslims identified themselves as British, compared with 49 per cent of Muslims who consider themselves French and just 23 per cent who feel German.

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The British average falls by six points to 72 per cent in east London, although it stands at 82.4 per cent in Leicester.

The results come in a report funded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros and published in the Sunday Times.

Based on 2,200 detailed interviews conducted over a two-and-a-half-year period, the findings suggest Muslims in Britain are substantially better integrated than in the rest of Europe.

Strength of religious belief made no difference to how patriotic Muslims feel, the report found.


My colleague Sholto Byrnes will be blogging on this survey in more detail later today, so keep your eyes peeled . . .

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