A new survey of Muslim migrants in Austria by the Danube University of Krems shows a distinct difference between typical Austrian values and those of incomers from places like Somalia and Chechnya, who hold far more religious views on society.
The researchers interviewed 1,129 Muslims originally from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Somalia and Chechnya, with 60 per cent believing jokes about Islam should be banned and a quarter saying Islam should influence Austrian law, Kronen Zeitung reports.
70 per cent of Somalians approved of banning jokes about Islam, followed by Afghanis and Chechens.
Iranians tended to be less puritanical, with only 14 per cent agreeing that jokes should be banned.
The issue of the Muslim headscarf has been debated recently by Austrian politicians including Foreign Minister and Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) leader Sebastian Kurz, who was behind the legislation that banned full face veils this year.