Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims

Editor’s comment:

Can we request the better informed two thirds to educate the fearful third? The Muslims are a small minority in UK and have desires and aspirations similar to the rest of the country, except for a few fundamentalists.

Big Ben and London Eye across the Thames River, London

Big Ben and London Eye across the Thames River, London.  For the Muslim Times collection to diffuse Islamophobia, please click here

Source: The Independent

Almost a third of schoolchildren believe that Muslims are “taking over our country” according to the largest study of its kind carried out in the UK.

A survey of almost 6,000 children aged 10 to 16 across England found that negative attitudes towards migrants and Muslims were widespread among school pupils.

The data, based on questionnaires sent to more than 60 schools across the UK by charity Show Racism the Red Card (SRTRC) between 2012 and 2014, also found that 60 per cent of children questioned believed “asylum seekers and immigrants are stealing our jobs”.

The survey’s results come shortly after Labour MP Tristam Hunt’s embarrassing encounter with a schoolchild, who told the shadow education minister that he would vote Ukip because he would “like to get all the foreigners out of the country”.

SRTRC chief executive Ged Grabby said the results demonstrated more needed to be done to combat far-right extremism and cautioned what message younger people were taking from the media.

“This survey shows that this is fuelled by a totally distorted view of the number of immigrants and Muslims living in the UK,” he told The Guardian.

Of the 5,945 children survey across England, 49 per cent agreed with the statement that migration was out of control or not being managed properly.

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