Muslim travellers believe they are being disproportionately targeted in Scottish airport security checks, according to a study conducted by Durham University.
Research carried out in Edinburgh focussed on Asian immigrants and Scottish-born Asians who felt Scotland was a “tolerant, friendly and inclusive place”, but were concerned about being treated as a “suspect community” in airports.
The study, titled Visible Muslimness in Scotland: Between Discrimination and Integration, also incorporated a survey of other studies focused on Glasgow and the rest of Scotland.
It suggests that the disproportionate targeting of Asian and Muslim travellers — whether actual or perceived — is undermining the integration of Muslim immigrants into Scottish society.
Dr Stefano Bonino of Durham University’s School of Applied Social Science writes in the report: “Contact with police and security officers at airports constitutes the main area of concern for Scottish Muslims.”
He adds: “Most of Edinburgh’s Muslims had either themselves experienced, or had relatives and/or friends who were subjected to perceived disproportionate targeting or harsh treatment, when leaving from or arriving at Scottish airports...I can't for the life of me imagine why that would be happening. Must have something to do with "racism" and "discrimination" arising from "visible Muslimness" (a phrase that only a P.C. infidel academic could have come up with and that, sorry, makes me giggle), and not, say, the fact of hundreds if not thousands of Muslims running off to hook up with ISIS in "Syraq."