Anti-immigrant attitudes already had been on the rise in recent years in Europe, propelled in part by a moribund economy and high unemployment, as well as increasing immigration and more porous borders, says The New York Times.
The growing resentments have increased support for established parties such as the National Front in France and the U.K. Independence Party in Britain and less-known groups, like the Patriotic Europeans Against Islamization of the West, which brought together 18,000 marchers in Dresden, Germany, on Monday.
“This is a dangerous moment for European societies,” says Peter Neumann, director of the International Center for the Study of Radicalization at King’s College London. “With increasing radicalization among supporters of jihadist organizations and the white working class increasingly feeling disenfranchised and uncoupled from elites, things are coming to a head.”