Alcohol, food and gender relations are the key barriers to social interaction between Muslim and non-Muslim Australians, a study suggests.

The findings emerged from a study commissioned by the federal government to develop better community-based integration programs.

The project focused on Muslims who have experienced racism since the 2005 Cronulla riots.

To determine social barriers, researchers interviewed a group of 10 Muslims who socialise predominantly with other Muslims. They also spoke to 10 non-Muslims from the Cronulla area who did not mix with Muslims.

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