Muslim Invasion: UK Overrun by Muslim Minority-Mostly Fiction!
Muslim Invasion: Email Claims UK Overrun by Muslim Minority-Mostly Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
Forwarded emails with the subject line, "How the British Have Passively Succumbed to the Muslim Invasion" or "A Farewell to England," claim that the number of Muslim mayors, Sharia Councils, and "No-go areas" in the country prove that "hijrah," the conquering of a country through immigration, has occurred there.
A few of the claims made ins forwarded emails with the subject line "How the British have passively succumbed to the Muslim invasion" and "Farewell to England" are true — but the vast majority of the email's claims prove false.
Perhaps more importantly, we found the central theme of the emails — that the U.K. has been overrun by a Muslim minority population — to be false, even though a handful of individual claims are true.
It's not clear where, exactly, the Muslim Invasion email started. It was widely circulated via forwarded emails and in discussion forums after a series of terrorist attacks plagued the U.K. in the lead-up to the country's general election in June 2017. Some of the claims in the email were new, and others were recycled claims that we've previously investigated. We looked at each individual claim, and a summary of our findings appears below.
Muslim Invasion: Muslim Mayors in England-Truth! & Fiction!
Some of the Muslim invasion email's claims about Muslim mayors in the United Kingdom are correct — but the majority of them don't check out.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan, a Pakistani Muslim, was elected to office in May 2016 and has become one the most prominent Muslim politician in Europe. Mohammad Ayub, a native of Pakistan who has served on the Luton Council since 2007, was appointed mayor of Luton for 2017-2018, as the Muslim Invasion email claims.
Shadab Qumer, meanwhile, a member of the Oldham Council was selected to serve as mayor of Oldham for 2017-2018. But Qumer doesn't fit the "Muslim invasion" narrative. His family emigrated to Glodwick, U.K., from the Indian subcontinent of Kashmir in 1959. His father, and the Qumer himself, were longtime fixtures of the local business community before his appointment to mayor in 2017, the Oldham Chronicle reports.
Other claims made in the email are simply incorrect. For 2017-2018, Anne Underwood, a conservative, was elected Lord Mayor of Birmingham , Jane Dowson was elected mayor of Leeds, Colin Rigby was elected mayor of Blackburn, Anne Murphy was elected mayor of Sheffield, and Jeane Fooks was elected Lord Mayor of Oxford, All of these politicians were long-serving council members with local ties, and none of them fit the Muslim Invasion narrative from the email.
Other Signs of "Muslim Invasion" of the U.K.Mostly Fiction!Cited in the Email-
The idea that there are Muslim "no-go zones" in Britain dates back to 2015, and it still persists t0day despite clear proof that it's false. We previously investigated that claim and traced it back to a political pundit who was immediately debunked by U.K. leaders, including then-Prime Minister David Cameron who said the pundit was "clearly an idiot."
Our 2015 investigation of Muslim no-go zones in the U.K. also explored the notion that there were Muslim Sharia Courts and Muslim Sharia Councils regulating those areas (or anywhere else in Europe), and we found those claims to be "fiction." Click here to read our entire investigation.
And it's not clear where the Muslim Invasion email's claims that 78% of Muslim women don't work, and that 63% of Muslim men don't work and receive government benefits like housing assistance. Research shows that those claims are incorrect — but U.K. Muslims are generally worse-off economically than other groups. Forty-six percent of Muslims live in the bottom 1o% of local authority districts that are considered "most depraved." Additionally, employment rates are higher among Muslims than other religious groups, but not as high as the Muslim Invasion email claims, a 2015 study found:
One of the areas of concern the report highlights is how well these qualifications turn into employment, particularly for females. 29% of Muslim women between the ages of 16 and 24 are in employment, compared to approximately half the general population. For the ages group 25 - 49 the numbers show 57% of Muslim women in employment compared with 80% of women overall.
This raises a number of questions that were posed at the report's launch as areas that need extra exploration - why are educated Muslim woman not carrying on into employment? Possible reasons cited being cultural influences encouraging them to have a family and stay at home, racism and prejudice in the workplace and/or their qualifications not being from institutions of a high enough standard to appeal to employers. The report notes that Muslim students are less likely to attend Russell Group universities.
Finally, the Muslim Invasion email's claims that there are 4 million Muslims in the U.K. is also false. As of 2016, there were about 3 million Muslims, which accounted for about 5% of the country's population. There were 1,750 mosques at that time.
In the end, claims made in the Muslim Invasion email blend truth and fiction. But the overall point of the email — that the U.K. has been taken over by a minority Muslim population — isn't supported by available data and reporting. That's why we're calling this one "mostly fiction.".
Collected on: 06/15/2017
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
How the British have passively succumbed to the Muslim invasion:
Mayor of London … MUSLIM
Mayor of Birmingham … MUSLIM
Mayor of Leeds … MUSLIM
Mayor of Blackburn … MUSLIM
Mayor of Sheffield … MUSLIM
Mayor of Oxford … MUSLIM
Mayor of Luton … MUSLIM
Mayor of Oldham … MUSLIM
Mayor of Rockdale … MUSLIM
Over 3,000 Muslim Mosques
Over 130 Muslim Sharia Courts
Over 50 Muslim Sharia Councils
Muslims-Only No-Go Areas Across The UK
Muslim Women … 78% don’t work and are on FREE benefits/housing
Muslim Men … 63% don’t work and are on FREE benefits/housing
Muslim Families … 6-8 children planning to go on FREE benefits/housing
… and now all UK schools are ONLY serving HALAL MEAT!
All this achieved by just 4 million Muslims out of the 66 million population!