Needs of Dutch Muslim youth explored in recent report

The report – “Youth and their Islam” – is from a study of Muslim youth in the Netherlands. Among the findings are that these young people do not believe they receive enough support to develop their faith, and that society does not give them room to practice “their Islam.” Among the specific needs that are not being met, the Muslim youth polled responded that counseling or coaching concerning receiving insults, more accessible mosques (including for women), educational support and meditation areas in schools and places of work. Respondents said that in general, they feel that it is possible to be a Muslim in the Netherlands, but that there is always a debate, negative treatment, and a feeling of not being accepted as full citizens. 

Youth want more support to practice Islam

According to a study called “Youth and their Islam” released by the Verwey-Jonker Institute, Muslim youth in the Netherlands do not believe they receive enough support to develop their faith, and believe that society does not give them room to practice “their Islam.” Among the specific needs that are not being met, the Muslim youth polled responded that counseling or coaching concerning receiving insults, more accessible mosques (including those for women), and educational support and meditation areas in schools and places of work.

Respondents said that in general, they feel that it is possible to be a Muslim in the Netherlands, but that there is always a debate, negative treatment, and a feeling of not being accepted as full citizens.

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