Tallinn’s Muslim Community Embraces Estonian Identity through Successful Integration
There are about 1,300 Muslim residents out of Tallinn’s population of 435,839. The majority of Estonia’s Muslim population originates from former Soviet states, with the largest group from Tatarstan, Russia. Despite being such a small minority, local Muslims and ethnic Estonians consider the Muslim community well-integrated into Estonian society.
Local members of the Muslim community reported that they enjoy the same opportunities in education and employment as their Estonian counterparts in Tallinn, while having the freedom to practice Islam without fear of discrimination. In turn, the Estonian Islamic Center Turath (Arabic for “Heritage”) provides a communal space for Muslims and non-Muslims to attend lectures and festivals.
With the increase of recent immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa, local organizations, including the Estonian Islamic Center and the Vao Refugee Center, have risen to the challenge of helping refugees integrate into society by providing services and charities.