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"Muslim life in Germany" - Complete version

Date 4 February 2010
type Survey

Germany is home to some 4 million Muslims

The study conducted by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees puts the number of Muslims living in Germany at between 3.8 and 4.3 million. Expressed as a percentage of Germany's total population of around 82 million, the proportion of Muslims is between 4.6 and 5.2 per cent. Of all Muslims living in Germany with a migration background and originating from predominantly Muslim countries included in the study, some 45 per cent are German nationals while around 55 per cent are foreign nationals. The Muslim section of the population is thus larger than has been assumed in previous estimates which ranged from 3.1 to 3.4 million. These estimates were based on an indirect method whereby nationals from 20 predominantly Mus-lim countries living in Germany were added together with nationals from these countries who were natural-ised between 1988 and 2005. By contrast, the study commissioned by the Federal Office also takes account of immigrants from a large number of other countries and descendants of naturalised persons.

The study comprising people from 49 Islamic countries and thus offering an extensive view of Muslim life throughout Germany. The research commissioned by the Deutsche Islam Konferenz (the German Conference on Islam) gives unprecedented insight into the diversity of Muslim life in Germany as people from different contexts of origin were questioned about religion in everyday life and about aspects of structural and social integration. A total of 6,004 people aged 16 and above were surveyed by telephone; together with the infor-mation provided about other household members the analyses are based on data of almost 17,000 people.

Sonja Haug, Stephanie Müssig, Anja Stichs

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