Disgruntled Swedes Drift to the Right to Protest Migration

Friday, December 9, 2016
By Paul Martin


Despite Sweden’s pronounced efforts to weed out all forms of far-right extremism and right-wing opposition, homegrown right-wingers seem to be rising in numbers. The increased support for both marginal neo-Nazis and anti-immigrant Swedish Democrats may indicate Swedes’ growing disappointment with the current state of affairs.

The far-right Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM), which in November managed to gather hundreds of supporters in its largest ever demonstration, appears to be mobilizing, according to a new report by Swedish anti-racist group Expo. The study found that 32 percent of the investigated activists previously had no known links to either NRM or other forms of far-right extremism.

“This means that this environment has taken in new individuals. A third of those who were active in 2015 are new recruits,” Expo researcher Jonathan Leman told Swedish Radio.

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