Anti-Refugee Backlash Will Benefit Europe’s Far-Right Parties

Anti-Refugee Backlash Will Benefit Europe’s Far-Right Parties
A rubber boat carrying around 50 migrants and refugees arrives from Bodrum in Turkey to the Greek island of Kos, Sept. 2, 2015 (International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent photo by Christopher Jahn).

There is still much that is unknown about how the refugee crisis in Europe will unfold and the impact it will have. But one thing is certain: The massive wave of immigration onto European shores will usher in a powerful backlash that will benefit right-wing anti-immigrant parties. The phenomenon is already becoming visible, but it will continue to build, creating new friction and challenges for moderate and leftist parties. The intensity of the backlash will depend on how many more refugees ultimately enter Europe and how the process of integrating them into existing social structures proceeds. In addition, the political […]

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