Denmark is set to become the next EU country to ban the burqa, following in the footsteps of France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Bulgaria.
The majority of parties in the Danish government backed a ban on the Islamic face covering.
Countries across Europe have wrestled with the issue of the Muslim face veil, calling into debate issues around religious freedom, female equality, secular traditions, and even fears of terrorism.
This debate is part of a wider issue with Europe surrounding multiculturalism.
Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen said on Facebook:
There will come a masking ban in Denmark. That’s how it is.
So if it is practically possible to have such a ban without betraying ourselves or our own values, then the Liberal Alliance will vote for it
We are ready to ban the burqa if that is what it takes … But there are some dilemmas, not least with regards to how such a ban would be enforced
There are 300 women in all of Germany wearing burqa, so it's not hard to see what Merkel's ban call is really about https://t.co/xLpl3FiBBM
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) December 6, 2016
Many countries, like Germany, claimed the move was for security and protection of the country’s values, saying that Germans ‘show our face in interpersonal communication’.
The banning of such a specific type of dress begs the question of just how many people actually wear them.
It is important to note that most Muslims wear more popular items of clothing such as the hijab and chador (pictured below), as well as the more rarely seen niqab and burqa.
Here are the different types of head covering. It is important to educate yourself on what a burqa actually is.
A YouGov poll earlier this year claimed that the majority of the British public are in favour of banning the burqa in public, while almost half say the burkini should be banned.
The issue has been debated in Britain ever since France became the first European country to ban the burka – the Islamic full-face veil – in 2011.
And it seems the older generation are more likely to support a burka ban. According to data collected by YouGov, 78 per cent of respondents aged 65 years or older backed the ban, compared to just 34 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds.