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Islamophobia, social distance and fear of terrorism in Australia: a preliminary report

Islamophobia Discrimination Religious discrimination Australia
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Muslims in Australia are an ethnically and culturally diverse group. Muslims are currently the third largest religious group in Australia and their numbers are predicted to grow significantly in the coming decades. Previous research has shown that, even though Australian Muslims tend to be well educated, they are underemployed and underpaid, suggesting they face discrimination in the workforce. This report focuses on Australians’ perceptions of Muslims, in particular levels of Islamophobia, feelings of social distance and concern about terrorism. It investigates how demographic factors such as age, religion, place of residence, employment status and political views affect the likelihood that someone is Islamophobic, feels socially distant from Muslims, or is worried about a terrorist attack.

This report is based on data collected through a telephone survey of a nationally representative sample of 1000 adult Australians. The survey was developed by researchers from the University of Queensland and the University of South Australia and was administered by the Social Research Centre, Australian National University.

The research for this study was supported by grants from the Life Course Centre (LCC), an Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course at the Institute of Social Science Research, University of Queensland and the International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding of the Hawke Research Institute, University of South Australia. 

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