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Sunday, August 07, 2005

Dutch support ban on Muslim headscarf

8/6/2005 12:00:00 PM GMT


Source: United Press International

A recently poll, conducted by a Dutch polling organization, found that a majority of Netherlands citizens supprot a ban on government employees wearing Hijab, the Islamic headscarves and other Muslim dress.

According to TNS Nipo’s poll, which questioned 433 adults, 63 percent of Netherlands citizens favor a legal ban on civil servants wearing Muslim dress, and 80 percent agree that government workers in general should not wear such apparel because it signals they refuse to adapt to life in the Netherlands, Expatica reported.

The figures stated in the poll results varied depending on the type of job. 57 percent of those questioned said that teachers should not wear headscarves, while 77 percent said police officers should not and 81 percent said judges should not.

The poll results show that there is a shift in the public opinion. In 2003, the majority said government workers should be able to wear Muslim dress, with most public officials saying that workers should be allowed to wear religious clothing as long as it does not interfere with their ability to do the job.

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