London, May 15: Muslims are more likely than other
religious minorities to be unemployed and live in poor housing
in the most deprived parts of England, according to research
Half of English Muslims over the age of 25 are not
involved in the formal labour market and a third live in the
most deprived areas of the country, according to the study
commissioned by the government.
Muslims are also particularly vulnerable to long-term
illness and experience poor levels of education, researchers
from Universities of Derby, Warwick, Biringham and Oxford
"Taking the Muslim population as a whole, they face some
of the most acute conditions of multiple deprivation," the
The government office in charge of local government and
communities commissioned the academics to review data on the
Hindu, Sikh and Muslm communities.
The report said members of the Muslim, Sikh and Hindu
communities were likely to remain concentrated in the same
areas because families want to stay close together and may
prefer to live near to their places of worship.
A government spokeswoman said the academics had reviewed
a variety of data, including information from the 2001
The government will use the study in its work to
encourage equal opportunities for members of all religious
communities, the spokeswoman said.
Sir Iqbal Sacranie, secretary-general of Muslim Council
of Britain, said the research showed poverty and other deep-
seated problems that have contributed to the marginalisation
and disaffection felt among many young Muslims.