New research points to significant and widespread levels of public anxiety over immigration from mainly Muslim states.
President Donald Trump’s executive order to ban citizens of seven Muslim-majority states from entering the US for 90 days, and temporarily freeze all refugee arrivals (including Syrians indefinitely), has been interpreted widely as an attempt to curtail the inward migration of Muslims, which Trump and his supporters argue pose a threat to national security.
Trump’s policy has generated a backlash among some of Europe’s leaders. Angela Merkel’s spokesman said the chancellor had ‘explained’ the UN Refugee Convention to the president in a phone call discussing the order, while London Mayor Sadiq Khan argued that the invitation to the president for a state visit to Britain in 2017 should be withdrawn until the ban is rescinded. Meanwhile, leaders of Europe’s populist right-wing parties, including Geert Wilders, Nigel Farage and Matteo Salvini, have heaped praise on Trump.
Trump’s views on Muslim migration ‘mirrored’ across Europe
Donald Trump’s decision to ban the citizens of seven Muslim-majority states from entering the United States for the next three months was met by varying degrees of protest across Europe.
A new survey, however, suggests the views of European voters on the issue are closer to Mr Trump’s than those of their own elected leaders, with more than half of respondents across ten countries backing even greater restrictions.
There is a link here to Sarah Champion’s effort to combat the segregation, some might say a form of apartheid, we see disfiguring our Town:
The Shadow Equalities Secretary is setting out to prove that the party is not afraid to ask the difficult questions around issues like immigration, as she prepares to launch a new inquiry into the growing challenges posed by segregation. Inspired … Continue reading