But the study by the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia says Muslims believe they could do more to help themselves to connect with wider society.
The report - entitled Muslims in the European Union - Discrimination and Islamophobia - seeks to offer a street-level view of the complex situation surrounding religion across the continent.
The EU has 15 million Muslims, the second largest religious group in the bloc.
"The disadvantaged position of Muslim minorities, evidence of a rise in Islamophobia and concern over processes of alienation and radicalisation have triggered an intense debate in the European Union," Beate Winkler, director of the Vienna-based group which compiled the study, wrote.
Violence and threats
The report cited hundreds of reported cases of violence or threats against Muslims since 2004, including vandalism against mosques and Islamic centres, abuse of women wearing Islamic head scarves and physicals attacks, such as one on a Somali family in
The report, however, noted that "data on religiously aggravated incidents is collected on a limited scale." Only
"Muslims feel that acceptance by society is increasingly premised on 'assimilation' and the assumption that they should lose their Muslim identity," Winkler wrote.
Since the September 11 attacks in the
That is a view supported by the dozens of polls and case studies in the 117-page report.
"A question I have heard many times is, 'When are you going back?' I say, 'I was born in
It found that Muslims frequently found themselves worse off than other religious groups.
"Available data shows that European Muslims are often disproportionately represented in areas with poorer housing conditions, while their educational achievement falls below average and their unemployment rates are higher than average."
Employment and education
Interviewees agreed that Muslim women who wear headscarves found it hardest to get jobs, saying many employers feared they would drive away customers.
A German of Turkish heritage said a teacher described to his class how Ottoman forces once marched to the edge of
"He said, 'Thank God we beat them or you guys would have big problems.' He looked to the boys [in the class] and said, 'You all would have been circumcised.' Then he looked to the girls and said, 'You would all have to wear headscarves,'" the young man told the interviewer.
Some Muslims complained that their community mosques were not addressing the issues that confronted them in secular European society, such as relationships, sexuality and drugs.
"The imams are not capable of giving us the right answers. They [say], 'No, according to our tradition and culture you should not even think about joining a dinner or party.' But they don't realise that when you don't do this, you are becoming a solo person not joining the group, so you will never join the group," a young man in the
The report urged EU policymakers to fully apply anti-discrimination directives, mandate diversity training for police, ensure school classes are ethnically integrated, and encourage balanced media coverage to avoid stigmatising Muslims. Agencies