Dutch Muslims becoming more religious: government think tank says it's due to social tensions and a sense of exclusion

Religion has become more important to the Netherlands Muslim community over the past 10 years, due in part to rising tensions between population groups and a growing feeling of exclusion. The report goes on to say that this is - at least in part - a reaction to the mainstream, making religion and Muslim identity more attractive. However, it would be wrong to assume that this means more Dutch Muslims follow the strict religious line of Salafism, the SCP said, and almost everyone in the survey supported the concept of a multi-cultural society. Nevertheless, some 60% said that the Netherlands is too negative about Islam and almost half said they had personal experience of discrimination.

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Almost half of young Muslims said they had personal experience of discrimination