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  1. Right wing, anti-immigrant political parties have grown in popularity and power in Europe in recent years, including in several northern states with liberal migration policies (Wilson and Hainsworth 2012, 6-7). For example, the Sweden Democrats – a group with suspected neo-Nazi roots that has proposed reducing asylum and family immigration by 90 percent – entered Parliament for the first time after winning 5.7 percent of the vote in the general election in September 2010 (Castle 2010). During France’s presidential election in early 2012, Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Front called for the reinstatement of border controls within the European Union and also promised to cut back immigration by 90 percent. Le Pen and her party gained a record 17.9 percent of the vote (Mudde 2012). In the Netherlands, Geert Wilders’s Party for Freedom, whose platform declares that “mass immigration and Islamization are disastrous for Europe and the Netherlands,” won 15.5 percent of the vote in the 2010 general election (Partij voor de Vrijheid; Kulish 2012). In addition, the far-right Golden Dawn party has increased its electoral clout amid persistently high unemployment and increasing austerity measures.