Asians ‘treated worse’ following terrorist attacks

An Asian Network survey has suggested that nearly a third of British Asians say they have experienced worse treatment following a terrorist attack.

The ComRes survey, which polled over 2,000 British Asians, found that 40 per cent of Muslims reported a rise in negative treatment following terrorism, with 26 per cent of British Sikhs reporting the same experience. Of the 2,026 respondents to the British Asian survey, 59 per cent cent of those reporting poorer treatment said they were treated with more awkwardness, with slightly fewer being treated with more suspicion.

Discussing the figures, David Toube, director of policy of the Quilliam think tank, said: "The purpose of terrorism is to sow division within our society. It should be a matter of concern to everybody when a large minority within any ethnic group feels that some in this country are against them. A vital part of fighting Islamist terrorism and extremism is ensuring that far-right reciprocal radicalisation also fails."

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