On 27 October 2020, French Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Jean-Paul Garraud of the Identity and Democracy Group posed a written parliamentary question to the European Commission:
“The answer given by Ms Johansson to Mr Garraud’s question on the Islamisation of Europe confirms that the Commission is blind to migration issues and their terrible consequences for Europeans.
In writing the formulaic phrase ‘[t]he Commission strongly rejects the premise underpinning the questions of the Honourable Member’, the Commission would deny the reality of Islam’s expansion in Europe and its link with the existence – generally admitted nevertheless – of areas governed by sharia law rather than by the laws of the states of which these districts are part.
According to the Zentralinstitut Islam-Archiv-Deutschland, there were 16 million Muslims in Europe in 2007, but 25.8 million by 2016. One projection even estimates there could be 75.6 million Muslims in Europe by 2050.
The different scenarios highlight the fact that, even if the flow of migrants who are mostly Muslim were to be halted, the number of Muslims in Europe would continue to increase due to their relative youth and high fertility rates.
Does the Commission reject these objective facts, thereby explaining its pro-immigration doctrine?”
On 28 January 2021, Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson responded on behalf of the European Commission stating: “The Commission rejects the claims implicit in the Honourable Member’s question that Member States are not applying EU and national law within their territory.
As part of its priority on promoting the European way of life, the Commission promotes the respect of common European values, as enshrined in the Treaties. Article 10 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights states that everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right includes the freedom of people to manifest religion or belief, in worship, teaching, practice and observance, either alone or in community with others, in public or in private. On 24 November 2020, the Commission adopted an Action Plan on Integration and Inclusion, which places a strong focus on ensuring communities are united and cohesive.
According to the recent EU Terrorism Situational and Trend Report, migration flows towards the EU have not impacted the level of security risk in the EU.
The EU is committed to the fight against terrorism, and also strongly opposes any incitement to violence or hatred.”
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