In the World: Anti-Immigrant Walls and Racist Tweets

Migrants in Europe
Migrants are increasingly attempting to enter Europe overland from the East. EPA/Nake Batev

Anti-Immigrant Walls And Racist Tweets: The Refugee Crisis In Central Europe

Jan Culik

While many citizens of Western Europe don’t seem particularly enthusiastic about taking in the refugees fleeing war and poverty in Syria, the crisis has provoked a remarkably strong wave of xenophobia and Islamophobia in the countries of Central Europe.

Hungary is planning to build a four metre-high wall along its border with Serbia in a bid to keep immigrants from crossing. This follows comments from Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán, who denounced an EU plan to resettle some of the refugees across member states as “mad”.

Orbán’s right-wing government has recently run a poster campaign warning immigrants not to take Hungarian jobs. When a group of five opposition activists defaced one, they were arrested.

Similarly intolerant reactions to immigrants and refugees are also being voiced in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

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