Generally the Muslims are poorer being they have larger families than the Christians, and have fewer prospects of employment.
They have not assimilated in the same way as the Greeks and Italians have, Christian Lebanese have done so and are spread over a wide area, unlike their Muslim brothers who choose to cluster in a tight group, so as to protect their religious values.
Lebanese Muslim men tend to have lower levels of education, relatively high levels of unemployment and a high tendency not to be in paid work.
The unemployment figure for the first and second generation was 15 percent and 12 percent respectively, these figures are slightly more than twice the national average, although there has been a marked improvement, they are still not doing very well.
It would seem that employers are reluctant to employ persons who bring their religeon and traditions to the work place and in doing so disrupt the the smooth running of the business with demands of privileges not afforded to others, like prayer , toilet and dining , arrangements, this tends to enrage people who have higher skills and fewer perks. Employers see this as dragging the chain and slowing their enterprise. "Please come back when we are able to provide those facilities" should be the employers reply to their requests.
I visited my wife Rose on Mother's Day (yesterday) with my son Chris, his ex, Ruth, and fresh chrysanthemums and roses.
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