Since an overdue focus on the Syrian refugee crisis in global headlines, nations across Europe have experienced a steep rise in the popularity of far-right political parties. With many of the foundational ideals of such parties pointing inwards to directly and solely support especially native born citizens, it is clear that such politicians are rising in favor built off the rallying hate of innocent refugees.
According to the New York Times, the most recent election in Hungary garnered at least 65% of votes for the Fidesz-KDNP and Jobbik, two of the nation's most radically right parties. Hungary has also garnered the second-most asylum applications per its population during 2015. Following only Serbia & Kosovo's astounding 5,000 per 100,000 people, Hungary reported a still extremely high 2,400. It must be noted that Hungary's numerical population is magnitudes larger than that of Serbia & Kosovo, so it truly is experiencing a frontload of demand in aiding the refugee crisis.
Yet Hungary's reaction in political lashback is not alone. While nearly all European countries are witnessing this garnering wave of conservatism to some degree, noticeable stark surges are plaguing more than just a couple countries. Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Poland and Switzerland all retain their own share of close to or over a third of total votes supporting the radical right. To reiterate, this "right" does display diversity in its exact affiliation of strong conservative parties. Though while they range all the way from from "populist and nationalist to far-right neofascist," many still maintain a common platform hinged at rebolstering national foundations from the inside out: which mean, essentially, keeping "the outside" out.
While a flight across the pond may seem to substantially separate Lady Liberty's Home of the Brave and Land of the Fast food, such swinging attitudes are certainly embedded right here in our soil, too.
The obvious example of Donald Trump, who has essentially acquired enough to officially be named the 2016 GOP Candidate, only highlights the danger and power in hateful rhetoric against refugees, which has further fueled a chicken-and-egg relationship with Muslim, Middle-Eastern, and South Asian hate across the country.
It doesn't require multiple colorful interactive data graphs on the New York Times website to acknowledge this similar nature into which America is falling - one that is predicated on assumptions and lies and one that feeds on hate and fear. Only more elections are set to unfold in Europe in the coming months; the very same can be said for the POTUS election here in the States - and the hateful rhetoric seems to be going just about nowhere.
The refugee crisis is one of absolute humanitarian atrocities. As the war heads into its fifth year of tragic headlines and as ISIS kindles even more chaos in the region, it must remain the duties of nations -- those in fact founded apparently upon openness and happiness and hope for immigrants, particularly refugees -- to offer home and haven out of basic human decency. The rise in conservative parties, whether across Europe or in the States, displays a regression into times marred by xenophobia and alarm for anything "different." Yet differences and learning and growing from them are exactly what has come to define such nations over the decades, even centuries.
Again, hate is seen prevailing. Causes for hope and help, however, must only be fortified in these trying times. Racism cannot win.