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EU Report Says Islamophobia in Europe On The Rise

A report by the European Union says Muslims across Europe are confronting a rise in discrimination and so-called "Islamophobia".

The study, released by the European Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia Monday, says manifestations of Islamophobia range from verbal threats to physical attacks on people and property.

The report finds that European Muslims are disproportionally represented in areas with poor housing conditions. It says their education levels are below average and their unemployment rates are higher than average. Muslims are also found to be overrepresented in low-paying jobs and those that require few qualifications.

The study says the extent of discrimination and Islamophobic incidents against European Muslims remains underdocumented and underreported.

Muslims constitute about 3.5 percent of the population of the 25-nation bloc.