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Dutch Muslims are becoming more religious, new SCP report shows
Religion has become more important to the Netherlands Muslim community over the past 10 years, due in part to rising tensions between population groups and a growing feeling of exclusion, the government’s socio-cultural think-tank SCP said in a new report.
The researchers found that people who describe themselves as Muslim are more likely to pray than 10 years ago. Some 78% of Moroccan Muslims pray five times a day, as do 33% of Turkish Muslims. In addition, Muslims of Turkish origin are more likely to attend a mosque (40% now do so) while young Moroccan women are more likely to wear a headscarf (up from 64% to 78%). The number of people in the Dutch Moroccan community who can be classed as strict Muslims, whether mosque-goers or people who practice their religion privately, has gone up from 77% to 84%.