The below video is a shapshot of New Zealand’s future if we follow in the steps of Belgium or any other country that has encouraged Islamic immigration.
A few facts for you about Belgium:
- Islam is the largest minority religion in Belgium, practiced by an estimated 6% of the total population
- An 2011 estimation by Belgian academic Jan Hertogen shows that more than 900,000 people have a foreign background from Islamic countries.
- Moroccan and Turkish immigrants began coming in large numbers to Belgium starting in the 1960s as guest workers. Though the guest-worker program was abolished in 1974, many immigrants stayed and brought their families using family reunification laws. Today the Muslim community continues to grow through marriage migration. More than 60% of Moroccan and Turkish youth marry partners from their home countries.
- Since 2009, Mohamed is the most popular given name in Brussels and Antwerp, Belgium’s two largest cities.
In 1974, Islam was recognized as one of the subsidized religions in Belgium and the Muslim Executive of Belgium was founded in 1996. In 2006, the government gave €6.1 million (US$7.7 million) to Islamic groups.
- There are an estimated 328-380 mosques in the country.
- According to a 2006 opinion poll, 61% of the Belgian population thought tensions between Muslims and other communities would increase in the future.