This research study explores the lives, educational paths, and limited opportunities of young Muslim men in Austria.
Young Muslim men in Austria live in a parallel world. That world is not only ideologically different, but also provides fewer opportunities. The educational paths of Muslim and non-Muslim young men diverge at an early age. Almost five times as many Muslim boys than non-Muslim boys go to a Hauptschule*, while twice as many go to a Polytechnic, and only 2% undertake university studies. The resulting feeling of exclusion extends to all areas of life: school, education, training, and business. The journey in the wrong direction often begins with educational choices: they begin their careers badly prepared, receive insufficient advice, and do not follow their own dreams. As they enter adult life, they have little confidence that they will successfully gain a foothold on the career ladder.