Argument: Banning head scarves impairs the integration of Muslim communities
Shada Islam. "Headscarf Ban Misses the Point". YaleGlobal. January 30th, 2004 - "Unlike the urban professionals - doctors, engineers and IT experts - who make up a majority of Muslims in North America, Europe's Muslim immigrants are largely from poor, rural backgrounds and have come to the continent to labor in coal mines and steel mills. Some have climbed up the social ladder but a large majority still remains on the margins of society, ignored by politicians and business leaders and facing discrimination in housing, schools and labor markets. Instead of easing integration of Muslims into mainstream Europe, the French national assembly debate on the ban starting on February 3 risks deepening the divide."