21 June 2013
The Andalusian Observatory presented at the library of the Central Mosque of Abu-Bakr in Madrid, the Annual General Education Report Annex (2012), the 2012 Report on Islamophobia incidents in Spain and the Special Report on Islamophobia incidents.
Annual General Education Report Conclusions:
- The Muslims students represent approximately 3% of the total of students in Spain;
- 35% of the Muslim students are Spanish and 65% are immigrants (50% Moroccan and 15% of other nationality);
- 95% of the Muslim students does not have religious classes at school;
- 90% of the Islamic Religious teachers are unemployed.
The 2012 Report on Islamophobia incidents conclusions:
- The Spanish society in general accepts the Muslim presence, while a remaining percentage (which varies according to different places), does not accept it.
- The opening of Mosques, in some localities, is involved in polemics, obstacles and Islamophobic opposition and hostility.
The 2012 Special Report on Islamophobia incidents conclusions:
- Muslims related concepts are still used in an abusive and indiscriminate way by the media.
- Negative stereotypes (public disorder, ideological extremism, problems of coexistence, violence, terrorism, etc) disseminated by political platforms, and amplified by the media, are causing fear in the Spanish population.
- The State needs to be more active in the normalization of religion and also in promoting greater social cohesion.
- The report gives descriptions of islamophobic incidents in Spain
In 2003 the ‘Andalusian Observatory’ was born as an autonomous body of the Union of Islamic Communities in Spain. It is a non-profit ‘institution for observation and monitoring of the situation of Muslim citizen and Islamophobia in Spain “.