Xeno­pho­bia wide­spread across Ger­many, study re­veals

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against Mus­lims, mi­grants and asy­lum seek­ers has sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased in Ger­many, a new study by Leipzig Univer­sity has shown. Al­most 55 per­cent of Ger­mans claimed they felt like for­eign­ers be­cause of large num­bers of Mus­lims in the coun­try.

A STUDY by the Univer­sity of Leipzig has re­vealed grow­ing sus­pi­cion and ha­tred to­wards Mus­lims, mi­grants and asy­lum seek­ers in Ger­many. Around 36 per­cent of re­spon­dents said they con­sider Ger­many to be dan­ger­ously swamped by for­eign­ers, the study found. More than a quar­ter of them said they be­lieve for­eign­ers should be send back to their home coun­tries if there were a short­age of jobs in Ger­many.

The re­search has also re­vealed that al­most 55 per­cent of Ger­mans claimed they felt like for­eign­ers in their own coun­try be­cause of the large num­bers of Mus­lims. In 2010, be­fore the refugee cri­sis, 33 per­cent of the re­spon­dents shared this view.

Pro­fes­sor El­mar Braehler, who con­ducted the re­search to­gether with Dr. Oliver Decker, said xeno­pho­bia and prej­u­dices against Mus­lims were fuel­ing the surge of far-right party Al­ter­na­tive for Ger­many (AfD). “Peo­ple with far­right views are now turn­ing away from the Chris­tian Demo­cratic Union and the So­cial Demo­cratic Party […] and find­ing a new home in the AfD,” he said, as re­ported by Anadolu Agency (AA).

Adopt­ing an ex­plic­itly anti-Is­lamic rhetoric, the AfD ar­gued that the coun- try was un­der the threat of “Is­lamiza­tion,” es­pe­cially af­ter nearly one mil­lion refugees, mostly from Syria and Iraq, ar­rived in the coun­try since 2015.

Ger­many, a coun­try of over 81 mil­lion peo­ple, has the sec­ond-largest Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion in Western Europe af­ter France. Among the coun­try’s nearly 4.7 mil­lion Mus­lims, 3 mil­lion are of Turk­ish ori­gin.

In re­cent years, the coun­try has seen grow­ing Is­lam­o­pho­bia and ha­tred of mi­grants trig­gered by pro­pa­ganda from far-right and pop­ulist par­ties, which have ex­ploited fears over the refugee cri­sis and ter­ror­ism. Ger­many was hit by a wave of vi­o­lent protests by the far right in the Ger­man city of Chem­nitz in Au­gust. Nine peo­ple were in­jured Satur­day on the side­lines of op­pos­ing demon­stra­tions by the far right and the left in the Ger­man city of Chem­nitz, which was hit by anti-mi­grant protests. Chem­nitz has been in the spot­light af­ter vi­o­lent xeno­pho­bic protests erupted over the fa­tal stab­bing of a Ger­man man, al­legedly by a Syr­ian and an Iraqi. The ten­sion in the air re­flects the po­lar­iza­tion over Ger­many’s on­go­ing ef­fort to come to terms with an in­flux of more than 1 mil­lion refugees and mi­grants seek­ing jobs since 2015.

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