Wednesday, May 24, 2017

'Refugees have trouble integrating': Muslim psychiatrist calls for a ban on Islamic immigration following Manchester terror attack

  • Sydney psychiatrist Tanveer Ahmed backs short-term curb on Islamic migration
  • He said the idea was 'reasonable' in a column about Manchester terror attack 
  • The ex-SBS journalist also slammed 'far right' tag for immigration-skeptic parties
  • He said British-born suicide bomber highlighted failed 'multiculturalist policies'
A Muslim psychiatrist born in Bangladesh has called for a restriction on Islamic migration in the wake of the Manchester terrorist attack and slammed the failure of multiculturalism.
Tanveer Ahmed, who has a practice in Sydney's west, says this week's killing of 22 people in the United Kingdom, watching an Ariana Grande concert, meant the public had a right to be concerned about Islamist extremism.
'A short-term response of restricting Islamic immigration is reasonable and one supported by majority opinion throughout Europe according to a February Chatham House poll,' he wrote in The Spectator Australia on Wednesday.
Sydney psychiatrist Tanveer Ahmed, who is Muslim, backs a cut to Islamic migration
Sydney psychiatrist Tanveer Ahmed, who is Muslim, backs a cut to Islamic migration
Dr Ahmed, who is the author of a book Fragile Nation: Vulnerability, Resilience and Victimhood, also took aim at the media for applying the term 'far right' to political parties like Pauline Hanson's One Nation, which want to restrict immigration.
'The surge in ridiculously titled far right parties throughout Europe is further testament to such support,' he said.
'How can groups that are democratic, nonviolent and attract the support of over one third of the population be called 'far right'?.'

The doctor, who is a former SBS television journalist, cited a poll for trade-union linked Essential Media, published in September 2016, which found 49 per cent of respondents supported a ban on Muslim migration to Australia.



The western Sydney psychiatrist said suicide bomber Salman Abedi (pictured) highlighted the challenge of integrating Muslim refugees, whose family came from Libya
The western Sydney psychiatrist said suicide bomber Salman Abedi (pictured) highlighted the challenge of integrating Muslim refugees, whose family came from Libya

One-third of Greens voters supported this proposition. 

'We know from local Essential polling that virtually half of Australians support the same policy locally,' Dr Ahmed said.

Dr Ahmed, who has helped migrants in Australia, said the revelation that a 22-year-old British-born man from a Libyan family, Salman Abedi, had detonated a suicide bomb at Manchester Arena highlighted the challenge of integrating Muslim refugees.

'Abedi was born and raised in Britain but never felt British,' Dr Ahmed said, adding 'multiculturalist policies' had invited separate, tribal identities among ethnic minorities.

'Integrating them and ensuring their social success is simply tougher than it was decades ago when there was an abundance of unskilled labour,' he said. 

He added that many Muslims were sympathetic to the 'aims and justification' of Islamists, who support sharia law, a legal system which secular Muslims reject. 

Dr Ahmed, a father of two daughters, said that explained the targeting of girls at a concert.
'The site of the attacks, whether intended or not, are symbolic,' Dr Ahmed said.

'A concert for teenage girls in their emerging sexuality largely unaccompanied by their fathers could not be a stronger spark for the moral outrage of Islamists.'


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