This is Who We Are!

Young Muslim Men in Austria

This research study explores the lives, educational paths, and limited opportunities of young Muslim men in Austria.

Schlaffer, E., Kasbauer, E., Ponocny-Seliger, E., Handler, S., Scheitz, I., Dizdarevic, A., Tappeiner, P. 'This is Who We Are! Young Muslim Men in Austria', Women without Borders, Vienna, 2009.
Release Date 2009
Publisher Women without Borders
This is Who We Are!

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.

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