International Journal for Muslim World Studies (IJMWS)

Formerly known as International Journal of Muslim Unity (IJMU)

The Presence of Muslim Minority Group Across Europe Compared with Other Minority Groups

The Presence of Muslim Minority Group Across Europe Compare with Other Minority

Asad Hamoud


The late 20th Century has been described as the age of migration and nationalism, because people travelled across borders in order to find a living and settle.  Particularly after the Second World War, the number of immigrants in Europe increased noticeably.   Due to labour shortages, European countries have been among the most preferred destinations for immigrants, especially those from countries that were under their colonial rule.  European societies have gradually become a cultural mosaic because of the influx of various ethnicities.   Among those immigrants, Muslims have emerged as the biggest group, and Islam has become the second largest religion in Europe (Hunter, 2002).

It is notable that Muslim minority groups seem to lead to high profile public controversies across Europe, when compared to the presence of other migrant and minority groups.   This writing is an attempt to explore some reasons for this visibility.   The two reasons that are to be discovered in this writing are (1) the role of the media and (2) the rapid expansion of Muslim minorities across Europe.