Muslims in the Dutch capital Amsterdam face increasing Islamophobia, according to a new study.
The survey, which was conducted by the Amsterdam municipality, found that Muslims living there regularly face discrimination, reports the English-language newspaper NL Times.
Researchers found respondents believe the normalization of Islamophobia is fueled by the increasing influence of extreme-right politics in the Netherlands.
According to the report, for most respondents, the normalization of Islamophobia was “a major problem in their lives which they can’t defend themselves against.”
Participants in the study also said the media’s negative coverage of Islam and Muslims, as well as “incendiary preachers” who “harm society by magnifying the differences between secular and Muslim Amsterdam” also play a role.