Muslims still face substantial discrimination in Europe, especially at work, and many fail to report racist incidents because of a lack of trust in authorities, a European Union human rights agency said Thursday.
In a survey of Muslims in 14 EU member states, the Agency for Fundamental Rights said one in three Muslims had faced discrimination, and 11 percent of those questioned said they had experienced a racially motivated crime.
The report was part of the first-ever EU-wide survey on the experiences of immigrants and ethnic minorities, which reported last month that more than half of those groups believe discrimination is widespread where they live in Europe. Gypsies and Africans reported the most abuse.
Thursday’s survey suggests similarly high levels of discrimination against Muslims.
In line with other minority groups, 79 percent of Muslims responding to the survey said they do not report discriminatory incidents and cases of racist crime to any authority, the agency said.