Europe wary of Muslim immigrants, poll says

Europeans believe immigration from Islamic countries is a threat to their traditional way of life, a survey has suggested. The poll, carried out across 21 countries, warned that Europe’s Muslim population could treble in the next 17 years. It also reported “a severe deficit of trust is found between the Western and Muslim communities” with most people wanting less interaction with the Muslim world. The study, whose authors include the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey, was commissioned for leaders at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland. It reported “a growing fear among Europeans of a perceived Islamic threat to their cultural identities, driven in part by immigration from predominantly Muslim nations”. It concluded: “An overwhelming majority of the surveyed populations in Europe believe greater interaction between Islam and the West is a threat.” Backbench Tory MP David Davies whipped up the hysteria by reportedly claiming he was “not surprised” by the polls findings.