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Old 16.12.2014, 08:22
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Pegida marches against Islamisation of Europe

In recent months a group known as Pegida has sprung up Germany. Their mission is to prevent Islamisation of Europe, and it appears that they are gaining popular support with a march of 15,000 people held in Dresden just last night. They're being dismissed as a far-right movement/right wing extremist movement in the press and by politicians. When one looks closer however it seems that the marches are made up of people across the political spectrum who have genuine fear of immigration into Germany and of losing their sense of identity and culture.

It would seem they have a point. Germany accepts more asylum seekers than any other country in the world, and on top of the large Turkish community recent years have seen a massive influx of people seeking asylum from war torn countries like Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia.

This is the trend across Europe at the moment, with UKIP expected to make big gains in next years elections in the UK and the Front National also gaining support in France. This is due in part to a lack of engagement of mainstream political parties to discuss immigration.

Despite their growing popularity, UKIP is still mocked at every opportunity in the Press and on TV, which has the effect of pushing people towards them. No doubt Godwin's law will come into play when discussing Pegida, which may only increase their support. When will mainstream politics realise this and start confronting the immigration issues affecting Europe today? What will it take?
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