Anti-migrant mood boosts far-right party in Swedish election

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In this Aug. 30, 2018 photo a young migrant from Africa talks to an old woman she is taking care of in Flen, some 100 km west of Stockholm, Sweden. The town has welcomed so many asylum seekers in recent years that they now make up about a fourth of the population. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

For Monica and Bengt Borg, a retired Swedish couple, Flen doesn’t feel like Sweden anymore.

“We don’t recognize our country as it is today,” said Bengt Borg, 66. His wife, 64, says she no longer feels safe walking alone at night due to reports of rapes by immigrants. Both plan to join a growing number of Swedes voting for a nationalist and anti-immigrant party, the Sweden Democrats, in Sunday’s general election.

The vote will be the first since the nation of 10 million accepted 163,000 migrants in 2015 — the largest number relative to the total population of any European state.

Support for the Sweden Democrats, which have their roots in a neo-Nazi movement, has swollen to around 20 percent — up from the 13 percent it won in 2014.

AP

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