Muslim migration and the resulting importation of Islamic extremism to Europe, as European intelligence agencies define it, is quickly changing the security, cultural, religious and legal landscape. This, combined with an exceptionally high Muslim birthrate compared to western birthrates, will significantly impact future European demographics.
Lax European migration policies have been implemented in the name of diversity and compassion. In an article by the Gatestone Institute,
the EU’s Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos recently stated, “At the end of the day, we all need to be ready to accept migration, mobility and diversity as the new norm and tailor our policies accordingly”.
The prevailing tendency among European leaders yields the existing and historic European customs and laws towards an acquiescence to demands from Islamic migrants, even to the extent of allowing sharia law in areas that have large Muslim populations.
As in previous studies on the subject of Islamic integration into western societies, especially in Europe, the statistics remain relatively constant. Muslims largely reject assimilation into their newfound European cultures. While many muslims who migrate are not extremists, lack of assimilation and clashes with existing laws and societal norms create isolation that fuels extremism.
Muslims identify first with their religion, and devout muslims consider sharia law supreme to any existing western law. They also demand that sharia law cannot and will not coexist with any other law, resulting in immediate societal conflict. Muslims identify second with their country of origin including all of the cultural identities. Lastly and least, they identify with the country they have migrated to.
In the Gatestone Article titled, Europe: Making Islam Great Again, there are some telling statistics from various European countries that are consistent with other studies:
47% of Muslims believe Sharia is more important than German law. In Sweden, 52% of Muslims believe that Sharia is more important than Swedish law.
In Germany, intelligence agencies warned in the early fall of 2015 that, “We are importing Islamic extremism, Arab anti-Semitism, national and ethnic conflicts of other peoples, as well as a different understanding of society and law.”
Afghan asylum seekers in Austria: two-thirds of the asylum seekers are men, mostly under 30 years old. They are all in favor of preserving their traditional, conservative, Islamic values. The migrants are extremely religious; 70% go to the mosque every Friday for prayers.
The women are just as religious, if not more: 62.6% pray five times a day, notably more than the men (39.7%). In addition, 66.3% of the women wear a headscarf in public, and 44.3% refuse to shake hands with a man. For 51.6% of the interviewees, the supremacy of Islam over other religions is undisputed. 55% believe in hell for [muslim]unbelievers.
43% of British Muslims “believed that parts of the Islamic legal system should replace British law.
According to a 2014 study of Moroccan and Turkish Muslims in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Sweden, an average of almost 60% of the Muslims polled agreed that Muslims should return to the roots of Islam; 75% thought there is only one interpretation of the Koran possible and 65% said that Sharia is more important to them than the laws of the country in which they live.
One can only conclude that the European Union’s attitude and policies concerning migration and increased Islamic terrorism remain passive and naive. The footprint for the future is as ambiguous as ever.