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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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By enhancing Muslim engagement in the PCC elections and raising awareness and expectations about policy issues that impact on British Muslims, we hope perceptions of and confidence in the police will improve further still and, in turn, have an impact on increasing diversity in the police.

This manifesto has been developed to encourage British Muslim participation in the PCC election. We have produced this election briefing guide to provide Muslims with useful background information on our key campaign issues: tackling Islamophobia, community policing and crime and security.

This manifesto is presented to elicit support and encouragement from candidates seeking election for the policy asks presented here.

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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