Belgium Conference on Common Concerns of Muslims in US and Europe Attended by Dearborn Mayor

November 18, 2005


Wire Service: AP

On November 18, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "A U.S.-sponsored conference on Islam in society which finished Friday found that many U.S and Belgian Muslims find they face stereotyping, limited job opportunities and exclusion from civic life. U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Tom Korologos said American Muslims face challenges on both continents. They have a sense that '"In Europe I'm hated because I'm American and in America I'm hated because I'm Muslim,"' so that kind of stereotyping, that prototyping needs to be stopped,' he said. 'I looked into "Who are these people, what do they care about, what's up with them?"' Korologos said of Belgium's Muslim population. 'We found they are worried about identity, youth employment and the media's portrayal of them.' Two U.S. state senators and the mayors of Dearborn, Mich., and Genk, Belgium, attending the talks vowed to improve integration. The two mayors on Friday announced their communities will become 'sister cities,' to continue discussing their business, education and minority issues."