October 20th, 2015

PUBLICATION EURISLAM SURVEY DATASET

The data of the survey developed in the EURISLAM project has been deposited in the data archive of DANS, by which the data is sustainable archived and available for all interested in cultural integration of Muslim immigrants. The aim of the EURISLAM research project is to provide a systematic analysis of cross-national differences and similarities in countries’ approaches to the cultural integration of immigrants in general and Muslims in particular. The survey is designed to capture aspects of individual attitudes and behaviour of cultural interaction of Muslim immigrants with the host society. The countries studied in the research project are Belgium, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

 

The dataset contains 290 variables and 7720 cases. On the one hand the survey focused on attitudes, norms, and values, particularly those relating to democratic norms, gender relations and family values, ethnic, religious, and receiving society identification, and attitudes towards relations across ethnic and religious boundaries. On the other hand, the survey looked at cultural and religious resources and practices, such as language proficiency, adherence to various religious practices (e.g., attendance of religious services or wearing of a headscarf), interethnic and interreligious partnerships and marriages, the frequency and quality of interethnic and interreligious relationships with neighbours, friends, and colleagues, and memberships in social and political organisations of the own ethnic and religious group as well as of the receiving society. Both types of questions have been asked – of course where relevant in an adapted format – with regard to members of the dominant ethnic group of the receiving society, because, obviously, cultural distance and interactions are determined by the perceptions, attitude, and practices at both ends of the relationship. All these variables were gathered by way of a survey in each of the countries of a number of selected Muslim immigrant groups, as well as a sample of receiving society ethnics.

 

Sample sizes for Muslim groups and ethnic majority non-Muslim comparison group

 

BE

CH

DE

FR

UK

NL

TOTAL

National majority

388

384

390

385

385

385

2317

Ex-Yugoslavian

152

250

255

150

200

151

1158

Turkish

253

281

355

250

350

250

1739

Moroccan

254

182

256

250

200

250

1392

Pakistani

144

150

162

150

350

152

1108

TOTAL

1191

1247

1418

1185

1485

1188

7714

 

The EURISLAM research project is a European comparative research project funded in the 7th Framework Programme for Research – Social Science and Humanities of the European Commission. The research program lasted from 2009 to 2012 and produced a triangulation of research findings in which different methodologies were used resulting in a combination of quantitative and qualitative insights. The dataset and codebook can be downloaded from the DANS archive: dx.doi.org/10.17026/dans-xx7-5x27

Contact for more information: H.W.Hoksbergen@uva.nl