New research by the Pew Research Center reveals that countries around the world are slowly and steadily improving their relationship with Islam and that some have made progress toward the goal of preventing hate crimes.
In the United States, Muslim-majority countries saw an overall decrease in hate crimes in the second quarter of this year, according to data released Friday by the FBI.
In France, the number of reported hate crimes dropped by 5 percent over the same period, the data shows.
The U.K. reported a slight increase in hate-crime incidents, while Germany and Israel saw their hate-crimes totals drop by 5 and 4 percent, respectively.
The data shows that, over the past year, Muslim countries have seen a decrease in the number and frequency of hate crimes against Muslims, which was a significant development, said Omar Abdel Rahman, director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at The George Washington University.
In addition, the numbers of anti-Muslim hate crimes have dropped in the United Kingdom and the U.S. over the course of the year, the report found.
Muslim-American and Muslim-Jewish Americans are also showing signs of progress in the fight against hate.
For example, in the U, anti-Semitic incidents fell by almost 1,000 percent, and in Germany they dropped by nearly 3,000.
Meanwhile, anti–Christian and anti–Jewish incidents fell in Germany and France, respectively, the researchers found.
The Pew Research report comes after President Donald Trump issued a series of executive orders on Jan. 28, including a ban on Muslim immigrants and refugees entering the U for at least 90 days.
The Muslim ban has also prompted criticism from some lawmakers in both parties, including Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., who said the executive orders will only make it more difficult for Muslim Americans to find jobs and housing.
Cardin also said the White House should take a closer look at how the U’s Muslim population compares to the general population.
“We must remember that while there are Muslim Americans in the world, they are not the majority in this country,” he said in a statement.
“Our Muslim citizens are the majority.”