Nine per cent of newcomers from outside the EU put faith above the law

In Flanders, 9 percent of second-generation citizens with a non-EU origin think that the law can be broken when there is a conflict between law and religion. This is what De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad wrote on Tuesday based on the results of the Barometer of Living Together (Samenleven), which the Flemish government published last week at the instigation of Flemish Minister for Living Together Bart Somers (Open VLD).

It is striking that the group in the second generation is even slightly larger than in the first generation (8.5 percent). And the difference is even greater in Brussels. There, 13.2 percent of the second generation believes that the law should be broken in such cases, compared to 7.6 percent of the first generation.

Incidentally, there are also Flemish and Brussels residents of Belgian origin who believe that the Belgian law should make way for religious rules. In Flanders, 1.2% of people of Belgian origin hold this opinion, in Brussels it is as high as 5.4%.





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