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Short Term Curb On Islamic Immigration Backed By A Muslim Psychiatrist, Says Refugees Have Trouble In Integrating

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A Muslim psychiatrist born in Bangladesh and based in Australia has called for a temporary ban on Islamic migration following the Manchester terror attack. Tanveer Ahmed, who practices in Sydney accepted that the public had a right to be concerned about the Islamist extremism after the bomb blast at the concert.

‘A short-term response of restricting Islamic immigration is reasonable and one supported by majority opinion throughout Europe according to a February Chatham House poll,’ he wrote.

The author of the Fragile Nation: Vulnerability, Resilience and Victimhood, also took a dig at the media for applying the term ‘far right’ to political parties like Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, which want to restrict immigration.

‘The surge in ridiculously titled far right parties throughout Europe is further testament to such support,’ he said.

‘How can groups that are democratic, nonviolent and attract the support of over one third of the population be called ‘far right’?.’

He spoke about a poll published in 2016, which found 49 percent of the respondents supporting a ban on Muslim migration to Australia.

‘We know from local Essential polling that virtually half of Australians support the same policy locally,’ Dr Ahmed said.

He said that a 22-year-old British-born man from a Libyan family, Salman Abedi, who was responsible for the blast highlights the challenge of integrating Muslim refugees.

‘Abedi was born and raised in Britain but never felt British,’ Dr Ahmed said, adding ‘multiculturalist policies’ had invited separate, tribal identities among ethnic minorities.

‘Integrating them and ensuring their social success is simply tougher than it was decades ago when there was an abundance of unskilled labour,’ he said.

He added that many Muslims were sympathetic to the ‘aims and justification’ of Islamists, who support sharia law, a legal system which secular Muslims reject.

‘The site of the attacks, whether intended or not, are symbolic,’ Dr Ahmed said.

‘A concert for teenage girls in their emerging sexuality largely unaccompanied by their fathers could not be a stronger spark for the moral outrage of Islamists.’

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