New page. France and Belgium in 2011 both moved to ban the covering of the face in public (in general), in both cases based on improving public safety. France also argued that full coverings made it impossible for immigrant communities to integrate into wider society. In Belgium it was argued that veiling represents the oppression of women. Bulgaria (2016) passed a similar law, in Austria at the start of 2017 is on the verge of following suit, and debates continue elsewhere in Europe such as Germany and The Netherlands."The Banning of Face Coverings such as the Niqab and Burqa in Europe"
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