Italian sailors with the Uraniam Navy Ship rescue 109 African migrants from Gambia, Mali, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Guinea, and Nigeria, from a rubber boat in the sea between Italy and Libya, October 4, 2014. The migrants claimed to have left from Tripoli the evening of October 3rd, and spent the night moving north. The Italian Navy has several navy ships patrolling international and Italian waters at any given time in an attempt to rescue migrants, and transfer them safely to shore in Italy.  Since the beginning of 2014, roughly 120,000 refugees have landed in Italy, more than double the total for the entire year of 2013. (Credit: Lynsey Addario for The New York Times)      NYTCREDIT: Lynsey Addario for The New York Times                              NYTCREDIT: Lynsey Addario for The New York Times

Anti-Immigrant Sweden Democrat party support at record high

An endless stream of photos like this are no doubt driving the anti-immigrant sentiments.

Of the 1,931 people asked, 14.7 percent said they would vote for the Sweden Democrats, up 2.2 percent since a month earlier and almost two percent since the fall.

“It’s clear that the Sweden Democrats are benefiting from the political debate over immigration and integration,” Sifo chief pollster Toivo Sjörén told the TT news agency.

“This questions is very high on the agenda right now and other surveys have shown that one in four voters think the Sweden Democrats have the best immigration policies,” he added.

The discussion over the past weeks over a possible ban on organised begging has also favoured the nationalist party, as well as the return of leader Jimmie Åkesson, who had gone out on sick leave last October.

Other polling firms have reported even stronger support for the Sweden Democrats. Norway’s Sentio found 17.8 percent of Swedes backed the party in its last survey and a poll by the UK’s YouGov found support had climbed to 19.5 percent…

The party has been ostracized in the government (Sweden uses a proportional system for allocating seats), so they are unable to influence government policies.