Migrants, Xenophobia and Social Memory: the Case of Austria

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Abstract. Recently a mass migration has caused the migration crisis and growth of ultra-radical attitudes in Europe. As a result, the right-wing politicians have upgraded their political status and even entered governmental agencies in some countries. Austria proves to be a telling case of this process. The article focuses on the changes in the population composition in Austria, caused by migrations, as well as an effect of this dynamics on the public stance and growing popularity of the “Austrian Freedom Party.” A special emphasis is on the right-wing propaganda campaign, which effectively uses historical memory of the struggle with the Turks in the medieval period.

Keywords: multi-culturalism, ultra-right, xenophobia, migrants, historical memory, Austria.

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