Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Belgium: Almost 40% of Turks in Flanders say religion should always dominate Belgian law

A new study on society and diversity asked 4,491 people from Flanders about their preferences on issues like labour, religion and education. Participants were Flemish Belgians, Turks, Moroccans, Romanians, Poles and Congolese.
According to the study, 39% of people with Turkish migrant backgrounds think that religious laws should always have precedence over Belgian laws, newspaper HLN reports.
For migrants from European countries this number is much lower: Only 9% of Romanians and 8% of Poles think the same.
There are large gender related differences between Western and non-Western migrants in labour as well. While 80% of Polish and 70% of Romanian women work, only 39% of Turkish women are employed. The number for Moroccan women is at 42%.
Non-Western migrants do speak more Dutch (language in Flanders) than migrants from Europe: 60% of Turks and 66% of Moroccans sometimes speak Dutch with their children. For Poles and Romanians this number is at 36% and 29%.
A reason for the difference could be that Poles and Romanians sometimes have temporary or seasonal work in Western Europe, before moving back, while Turks and Moroccans plan to stay for the rest of their lives.

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