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Most non-Muslim adults in Western Europe favor at least some restrictions on the religious clothing of Muslim women who live in their country
Most non-Muslim adults in Western Europe favor at least some restrictions on the religious clothing of Muslim women who live in their country, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey of 15 European countries. In some of those countries – like Austria, Belgium, France and recently Denmark, and part of Italy and Spain – it is illegal to wear face-covering veils.
The reseach also shows that an average of 25 percent of those interviewed believe Muslim women “should be allowed to wear any religious clothing of their choosing”, while an average of 50 percent believe they “should be allowed to wear religious clothing as long as it does not cover their face”, and 23 percent that they “should not be allowed to wear any religious clothing”, Portugal and Nordic countries being the most tolerant on face-covering cloghing and the Netherlands, Switzeland and Belgium being the least open.