Chancellor Angela Merkel said in September that Germans have failed to grasp how Muslim immigration has transformed their country and will have to come to terms with more mosques than churches throughout the countryside.
Germany, with a population of 4-5 million Muslims, has been divided in recent months by a debate over remarks by the Bundesbank’s Thilo Sarrazin, who argued that Turkish and Arab immigrants were failing to integrate and swamping Germany with a higher birth rate.
The Chancellor’s remarks represented the first official acknowledgement that Germany, like other European countries, is destined to become a stronghold of Islam.
Elsewhere in Europe
In France, 30% of children age 20 years and below are Muslims. The ratio in Paris and Marseille has soared to 45%. In southern France, there are more mosques than churches.
The situation within the United Kingdom is not much different. In the last 30 years, the Muslim population there has climbed from 82,000 to 2.5 million. Presently, there are over 1,000 mosques throughout Great Britain.
In Belgium, 50% of the newborns are Muslims and reportedly its Islamic population hovers around 25%. A similar statistic holds true for The Netherlands.
One in five inhabitants in Russia is a Muslim.