Debate on Muslim integration

The debate about the integration of immigrants continues in Spain as the conservative opposition is pledging to toughen integration requirements if they win the March 9th elections. The main opposition, the conservative People’s Party (PP) plans to push schools to ban the Islamic headscarf with the exception of the North African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, which have large Muslim populations. The party would also oblige Muslim girls to attend physical education classes, allow male doctors to examine female Muslim patients, and make immigrants seeking residence permits sign contracts in which they would agree to respect Spanish laws and customs, language, and tax duties. The idea was inspired by French president Nicolas Sarkozy.