Afghan and other Muslim immigrants in Germany are worried about the strong performance of the country’s far-right party, which is pushing an inti-immigration agenda.
As reported by Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany’s international broadcaster, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) capitalised on anti-immigrant sentiment in Germany in the wake of Europe’s unprecedented refugee crisis.
And its entry in the Bundestag (German parliament) is unsettling Muslim migrants in Germany.
“I have been having sleepless nights since the election results came out. I fear the government could deport me to Afghanistan,” Kabir Usmani, a Frankfurt-based Afghan asylum-seeker, told DW.
“I left Afghanistan because I feared for my life, but I still live in fear — the fear of deportation,” Usmani, who has been living in Germany for three years, added.
The AfD gained around 13% of votes in the September 24 parliamentary election, becoming the Bundestag’s third largest party after Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Martin Schulz‘s Social Democratic Party (SPD).
It is also the first time in more than half a century that a far-right group has made its way into the national parliament.