Western Europe

A Peek Into Several European Countries

Anti-Immigration Party

By: Jordan Locke

The Progress Party is showing progress getting a majority in parliament.

This Party’s platform mainly focuses on anti-immigration.  Though they also focus on privatizing hospitals and schools and cutting taxes. There was a back lash against the party because Anders Behring Breivik who massacred 77 people was once among its members. But now this conservative party looks like it will have the majority in parliament.

Just two years after this massacre, the Norwegians have ousted their center-left government. The Labor party in party would of wanted to extend welfare to help those in need but the conservatives won with “more democracy.”

Immigration has always been a problem with Sweden and Norway. These two countries always seem to set an example for acceptance but will falter when it comes to this issue. Now it has made Norway completely change the political party in power. This will be the first conservative party in power in 1990.


3 comments on “Anti-Immigration Party

  1. barrsarah
    October 2, 2013

    When I think of the Scandinavian countries, I immediately associate them with having relaxed policies because of their genial international relationships. After hearing about Switzerland enforcing immigration restrictions, I am sad to see the Scandinavian areas following this trend of decreased immigration and increased privatization.

  2. Tuva Aasen
    October 3, 2013

    I won’t say that I am for anti-immigration, however I have to argue that I think it’s easy to judge it from the outside, this is not a black and white issue. Being from Norway I have witnessed a transformation from safe streets at night, and walking home when leaving a night club was ok – to a scene where gangs would be hanging around and walking home alone wasn’t safe anymore. It is sad to say that a lot of those gang members are young immigrants who don’t get a job once they arrive, neither do they try to adapt certain cultural values and ways of life in Norway, or any other country they immigrate to, which is part of the plan when we accept them into our country. This has resulted in an increase in criminality and rape, unfortunately. I just figured I wanted to drop a line to show, based on experience that these issues are complex.

  3. Monika Fischer
    October 3, 2013

    Why would you think ‘more democracy’ means less welfare? And Europe is overall struggling with immigration issues and their economic crisis which raises people’s fears and that can be exploited by certain politicians. Overall so Norway is still a very liberal democratic country with a far-right party that gained some votes.

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