Right wing political leaders in France, Germany and UK on immigration

Marine Le Pen (France) Marine Le Pen is the leader of the far-right National Rally (formerly National Front). She believes that multiculturalism (particularly with regard to Islam) has failed and calls for a moratorium on legal immigration.  She is opposed to allowing illegal immigrants to become legal residents.  Her party won over 31% of the vote in the European Union Parliament elections on June 6-9, 2024 (first place) compared to 16% in the prior election.

The Alternative for Germany (AfD) Party does not have a single leader. Among the party’s positions, it wants to severely curtail asylum-based immigration.  it views Islam as a threat to traditional Christian values, describing Muslim immigration as “a danger to our state, our society, and our values.” The Party won 11% of the June, 2024 (second place) vote compared with 6% in the prior election.

Nigel Farage, leader of the Reform UK Party, is standing for election for the British House of Commons July 4, 2024. He wants to reduce net immigration to zero. He says that the upcoming election is “the immigration election.” He argues that high immigration has suppressed wages and overburdened public services.

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