Anti Immigrant Sentiment And The Social And Cultural Cohesion Of The Host Country

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Anti-immigrant sentiment tends to arrive when waves of mass immigration occurs, the host societies believe that their jobs are being taken from them and that their standard of living is falling all because of the migrants that have come to live in the host country. Due to this anti-immigration sentiment can be seen to be a politically significant phenomenon in European societies since the second world war. Strong political opposition to immigration comes from populist-extremist parties (PEPs), they see immigration as a threat to the social and cultural cohesion of the host country. On the political spectrum most of these parties are right wing parties, somewhere between established conservative parties and openly violent and anti-democratic right wing parties. Over the past years in Europe these parties have been growing in power and during the past three waves of PEPs, they have slowly gained more and more power even though many thought they would die out. The first waves of PEPs come about after the second world war, in the immediate post war period the Sozialistiche Reichspartei party in West Germany was established however this was banned by he constitution later on. The second wave came int he 1970s with the National Front in the UK and the anti-tax parties in Scandinavia. The third wave came in the 1980s when a large number of parties emerged and have remained part of the political scene since then. This shows that anti-immigrant sentiment is politically significant in
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