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UK Muslims face ‘worst job discrimination’ of any minority: report

Muslim men are up to 76 percent less likely to have a job, compared to white male British Christians of the same age and qualifications

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British Muslims face the worst job discrimination of any minority group in the country, according to research seen by London-based daily The Independent.

Muslim men are up to 76 percent less likely to have a job, compared to white male British Christians of the same age and qualifications, according to the newspaper. For Muslim women, the figure stands at 65 percent.

The research was drawn from government figures of half a million people and undertaken by Nabil Khattab and Ron Johnston from the University of Bristol.

“They [Muslims] are perceived as disloyal and as a threat rather than just as a disadvantaged minority,” the newspaper quoted by Khattab as saying.

Khattab cited “growing Islamophobia and hostility” against British Muslims as being a reason by the lack of employment prospects faced by the minority.

“Within this climate, many employers will be discouraged from employing qualified Muslims, especially if there are others from their own groups or others from less threatening groups who can fill these jobs.”

British Jews, on the other hand, topped the list, being the only ethno-religious group with better prospects than white British Christians – with women and men being 29 and 15 per cent more likely to be employed.