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The European Muslim population grew from 4% in 1990 to 6% in 2010 and is expected to rise by 2030 when Muslims are projected to make up 8% of Europe’s population, according to population projections by the Pew Research Center. European Muslim communities are younger in profile, similar to the British Muslim population. In 2010, the median age of Muslims throughout Europe was 32, while the median for all Europeans was 40.

Challenges facing British Muslim communities do not stop at our border; Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hatred are transnational phenomena which require cross-border co-operation and strategies. Anti-Muslim discrimination and racism in the workplace is a huge problem in the UK where British Muslims face the highest rates of employment discrimination. The EU first introduced legislation to combat discrimination in employment on grounds of religion and it continues to monitor and challenge Member States’ progress on tackling racism and discrimination in employment, housing, education and goods and services. No policy on countering terrorism can succeed without multilateral co-operation of the type afforded by the EU.

This referendum is about facing up to the realities of our contemporary political and social challenges and the effectiveness of supranational institutions in creating and implementing the policy responses we need to tackle the global issues we face.

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The election of the Mayor of London and 25 members of the Greater London
Assembly on Thursday 5 May presents a renewed opportunity for Londoners of
all backgrounds to engage with the governing institution for the capital and the
elected representatives who hold the Mayor to account.

London is home to almost 40% of the UK’s Muslim population making the 2016
election of the Mayor and Assembly Members of acute importance to Muslim
residents in the capital. Housing, health, education, employment, crime and security
and the cost of living in the capital, these are all issues that affect London’s diverse
communities and Muslim communities in particular given their concentration in the
capital.

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There has been a stark growth in UK public interest on religious slaughter and food labelling, driven to some extent by pervasive and often prejudicial media coverage of halal slaughter methods and political campaigns, by far right parties principally, on the welfare of animals – that is how animals are kept, treated and methods by which they are slaughtered. This In Focus looks at the policies on religious slaughter across Europe and Commission guidelines.

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The European Union Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) has undertaken extensive research into the situation of Muslims in the European Union (EU) including the experience of anti-Muslim hate crimes under its remit for investigating the exercise of fundamental rights in the EU and rights awareness among EU citizens. The FRA has on numerous occasions advocated for improved policies on tackling hate crimes through better complaints mechanisms and more detailed data collection by Member States.

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This report contains details of incidents of anti-Muslim hate crimes which have been reported in local and national media in the UK and which form part of our regular monitoring of such incidents for submission to the Office for Security and Co-operation in Europe. The incidents detailed here are not an exhaustive list of anti-Muslim hate crimes in the respective years. They are a compilation of incidents which we have documented from the reports carried in local and national news.

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This report contains details of incidents of anti-Muslim hate crimes which have been reported in local and national media in the UK and which form part of our regular monitoring of such incidents for submission to the Office for Security and Co-operation in Europe. The incidents detailed here are not an exhaustive list of anti-Muslim hate crimes in the respective years. They are a compilation of incidents which we have documented from the reports carried in local and national news.

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The UK is one of the few EU Member States which collects and regularly publishes data on the incidence of stop and search on ethnic minorities. The Home Office and Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have regularly published in this area demonstrating the disproportionate number of stops and search conducted on Blacks and Asians in the UK. This In Focus looks at the practice across Europe, the incidence of anti-Muslim discrimination, trust in policing and recommendations by the EU’s human rights agencies to protect the civil, religious and political rights of European Muslims.

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We set out in this submission our concerns on the current exercise of Schedule 7 powers, drawing on official, academic and anecdotal evidence and media reports.

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Introduction

On Thursday 15th November 2012, the electorate in England and Wales vote for the newly created position of Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) in 41 Continue reading