Nearly a century after Adolph Hitler began making speeches at beer halls across southern
Germany’s largest city, intolerance remains rampant in the German state of
Bavaria, according to a Ludwig-Maximilian University study released Sunday.
Of 1,700 people surveyed in Bavaria, which is home to the cities
of Munich and Nuremberg, 56 percent expressed mild to strong hostility toward
Muslims, more than one third felt the same way about the unemployed, Sinti and
Roma people and more than one in five harbored feelings of antisemitism.
of Munich, the state’s largest metropolitan area and the city where the
university is based, were less likely to exhibit intolerance, as were Bavarian
women and those with higher levels of education, according to the study. The
authors noted that respondents likely associated Muslims with foreigners in
general, and that the Islamophobia present in the state may be less related to
fears of the religion itself than to fears of the influx of migrants seeking
asylum in Germany.
than a third of asylum-seekers applying for refuge in the European Union were
registered in Germany, with 441,800 first time applicants, a 155 percent
increase from 2014, according to Eurostat. Germany was fifth, however, in terms
of number of applicants relative to a country’s population, with 5,441 per
million inhabitants. Most of those refugees came from Syria, where a civil war
has displaced 11 million residents and killed nearly half a million.