In recent years, immigration and sentiments towards nations with a majority of Muslims have been hotly debated in Europe. Numerous surveys have revealed that a significant portion of the populace in various European nations has negative opinions or worries regarding immigration from nations with a majority of Muslims. For a very long time, Poland was charged with instilling prejudice, fear, and xenophobia towards Muslims and the Islamic faith. Former Czech President Miloš Zeman stated that his nation would not accept Muslim refugees and expressed the belief that Islamic immigrants are not capable of integrating or assimilating into European culture. He also emphasized the idea that the country belongs to its own citizens and cannot accommodate everyone. Now, Switzerland has been affected by the ongoing violence in France. And, as we discussed in the previous article, unchecked migration and asylum seekers from the Middle East, Syria, Turkey, Pakistan, and Bangladesh have been the cause of an increase in terror attacks, demonstrating the urgency for the European Union to consider the practical realities for Muslims to integrate into European society.
The reason is straightforward. Islam is a religion that forbids individual liberty and creativity. It is a religion that is built on conflict. It prevents human development since the hereafter is more important than this life. Many western values are at odds with Islamic values. Anything said against Allah, the prophet Muhammad, the Quran, or the Sunnah is deemed blasphemy. That is a violation of the Western tradition of free speech and expression. The burning of a Quran outside a mosque in Sweden exemplifies the country’s growing anti-Islam sentiment.
Individuals who choose to immigrate to a new nation are generally expected to make attempts to understand and respect the host society’s cultural values and customs. Adopting the local language, becoming acquainted with local norms and customs, and actively participating in the community’s social, economic, and cultural aspects are all part of integration. In response to challenges related to integration, some argue that the European Union should consider implementing stricter measures to ensure law and order. These measures may include conducting psychological evaluations to educate and familiarize individuals with the prevailing laws in the European Union. Additionally, background checks could be conducted to assess any direct or indirect association with terrorist groups that may pose a threat to the Union if individuals were to immigrate.
Given the significance of sustaining peace, there are calls for the European Union to act quickly to confront the presence of jihadists working within its borders. It is stated that the EU should prioritize these efforts without being excessively concerned about potential victimization allegations that certain Muslims may use to their advantage. It is time to govern unauthorised foreigners and stop rampant illegal immigration from beyond Europe’s borders.
Evaluation of developing situation in Europe in light of violence in France.
“Examining Immigration of Muslims, Non-Integration and Social Challenges in Europe”