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Muslim active citizenship in Australia: socioeconomic challenges and the emergence of a Muslim elite
journal contributionposted on 2014-01-01, 00:00 authored by M Peucker, Josh RooseJosh Roose, Shahram AkbarzadehShahram Akbarzadeh
The most recent national Census demonstrated that Australian Muslims continue to occupy a socioeconomically disadvantaged position. On key indicators of unemployment rate, income, type of occupation and home ownership, Muslims consistently under-perform the national average. This pattern is evident in the last three Census data (2001, 2006 and 2011). Limited access to resources and a sense of marginalisation challenge full engagement with society and the natural growth of emotional affiliation with Australia. Muslim active citizenship is hampered by socioeconomic barriers. At the same time, an increasingly proactive class of educated Muslim elite has emerged to claim a voice for Muslims in Australia and promote citizenship rights and responsibilities.