Go Back to Where You Came from
The Backlash Against Immigration and the Fate of Western Democracy
Author(s): Sasha Polakow-Suransky
Reviewed by: Ruqaiyah Hibell
The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: ‘Those who are merciful will be shown mercy by the Most Merciful. Be merciful to those on earth and the One in the heavens will have mercy upon you.’ (Sunan al-Tirmidhi). Politicians, media pundits and academics, among others, ponder a range of variables attributable to the rise of the far-right across the world – along with a rapid escalation of populism filling potholes of the fractured social and political landscape with emotion and fear where traditional politics has failed to proffer instantaneous responses and solutions demanded by a socialmedia driven age. This text provides an in-depth discussion of individuals and political parties involved in promoting anxiety and outrage over refugees and mass immigration across a selection of faltering western and pro-western democracies. It goes a long way to exploring and understanding the dynamics involved, providing expansive examples of how, why, and to what extent, the rise of the right threatens liberal democracy by infusing it with increasingly accepted hostile norms.