The more immigrants feel respected, the less they are vulnerable to radicalization“, says Marieke van Egmond, who is a psychologists and co-author of a joint investigation led by the Jacobs University of Bremen and the University of Maryland. The Professors Klaus Boehnke and Michele Gelfand interviewed 464 Muslims between 2013 and 2014. 204 Muslims were interviewed in Germany, while the others were interviewed in the USA and in the Netherlands.

Most of the Muslim immigrants were high educated and required no formal integration. Processes of marginalization and discrimination would enforce possible radicalization.While 89% of interviewed Muslims perceive Germany as their home country, 77% perceive an increasing Islamophobia.

The study „The Struggle to Belong: Immigrant Marginalization and Risk for Homegrown Radicalization“ will be published soon in the journal “Behavioral Science & Policy”.

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