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Report: In small Austrian town, Catholics, Muslims try to get along

January 6, 2007

From The Statesman:

Like many other places in a Europe with a growing Muslim population, this town in the Tyrol region of Austria is struggling to better integrate its Turks at a time when the European Union is at odds with Turkey over the latter’s application to join the union.

Turks first came to predominantly Roman Catholic Telfs in the 1960s to work in the textile industry. Though the industry is gone, about 2,200 Turks remain, and nearly 60 percent hold Austrian citizenship.

The town has worked hard not to splinter into ghettos, spreading its immigrant housing around and sending immigrant children to German-speaking public schools.

But tensions flared about a year ago when a Turkish religious organization announced plans to build the minaret, a spire that is a distinctive feature of mosques…

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