Migration and Far Right Politics in Eastern Central Europe

Cave, Margaret
This research seeks to deconstruct how the fear of migrants from Muslim majority countries into the Central European countries of the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia bolstered far right political parties in the three respective countries. This paper looks at the how the themes of xenophobia, nationalism and Islamophobia have led to the increase of presence of far right and extreme right groups across Europe in response to the so called Refugee Crisis. Understanding that populist rhetoric influences policy and human behaviors, we seek to understand how this rhetoric informs attitudes and policy regarding migrants and refugees in these countries. Lastly, we propose policies changes that would decrease the rise of hate speech and rhetoric and increase the quality of life for refugees, migrants and minority populations in Central Europe.
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