While the debate over whether to accept Muslim refugees continues in the United States, in Europe, where millions of refugees have already been allowed in, tense anti-immigrant protests are quickly spreading.
Conservative political parties are also on the rise from Sweden to Poland to the Czech Republic, partially fueled by the recent terror attacks in Paris. These political leaders fear not only the numbers of refugees, but the Islamic radicals they believe could be hiding among them.
Germany recently registered its one millionth refugee, but the country’s move to welcome them has ignited a far-right backlash in the form of a street protest group called PEGIDA, or Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamacization of the West.
“It’s not good for our people, not for our culture, not for our life,” said one protester at a recent rally in Dresden, Germany.