Islamophobia in Germany, Increasing Islamophobic Attacks in Germany
There has been a surge in Islamophobia, xenophobia, and hate speech in Germany, the largest economy in the European Union (EU). Muslims, who comprise an important part of the workforce in Germany, are being used as political tools by populist right-wing parties.
Islamophobic attacks are not random and localised attacks, instead these are incidents that frequently occur throughout Germany. Previously seen as marginal by society and politics, anti-Muslim sentiments have become normalised today – both in public and private spaces. Consequently, German politicians and the society as a whole do not seem to to address such societal tensions and divisions adequately.
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950 Islamophobic incidents were reported in Germany across the country in 2017. This means that three people/institutions per day were attacked by xenophobic people/groups (Welt, 2018).
Islamophobic attacks are escalating and many Muslims have been victimised in the process. However, only a few of the related incidents have been elucidated. The German government need to do more to address the rise of Islamophobic attacks.