Islamophobia In Iceland: Dog Whistle Politics And Outright Xenophobia

unnamed-10The last few weeks have seen a major outbreak of Islamophobia in Iceland. Following the attacks at the editorial offices of Charlie Hebdo, Icelandic social media was full of rants about the dangers posed by Muslims and the impending Islamization of Europe and Iceland.

Far right hate group PEGIDA established a chapter in Iceland. MP Ásmundur Friðriksson, of the conservative Independence Party floated the idea that all Icelandic Muslims be subjected to a thorough background check.

You know, to make sure they weren’t terrorists. Former DV editor Jónas Kristjánsson proposed that special conditions be applied to the citizenship of Muslims by requiring them to sign a sort of loyalty oath to the state, promising to uphold Western values.

This development is troubling. But also a little curious, since there are only about 1,500 Muslims currently residing in Iceland…

And the “far-right” groups want to keep it that way, please and thank-you.

  • Exile1981

    1,500 and how many special rights demands are they making?

    • Frau Katze

      They want a mosque, of course. But the real problem will be in the future. Anyone who thinks it will stop at 1500 is smoking something strong.

  • lolwut?

    Only 1500?, hell that’s only a few passenger jet loads.

    Deport the problem.

  • Dana Garcia

    I have no sympathy of any island nation that allows Allah thugs, who are not known as good swimmers.

  • Justin St.Denis

    Iceland could reverse this quite easily. It is a very homogenous society, and violence is not a part of Icelandine culture. For this reason alone, they regard muslims askance and with good reason. They could easily make life VERY uncomfortable for those 1500 muslims, and probably should.

  • Surele Surele

    Considering that the whole Icelandic population is just over 300,000 that makes it what…about 5%. That’s 5% too much for this little nation.

  • Gaian

    It would be very easy for the Icelanders to remove these 1,500 threats to their country. Please do it now and show the world that somewhere common sense still prevails.