No easy solutions for asylum-seekers

Most recently, regional refugee crises have been highlighted by the responses of Australia and a string of European governments in attempting to stem or prevent a perceived flow of refugees from neighbouring countries.

Politics of fear in Europe

THE recent Swedish elections have confirmed a European trend towards political stalemates or hung parliaments, which is not new to Europe, and towards a resurgence of far-right parties in European parliaments.

Voter disillusionment with the major left and right of centre parties has polarised voters and the Swedish Democrats, running on an anti-immigration platform, are reaping the rewards.

Far-right parties have been on the rise in Belgium, Denmark, The Netherlands, France and now Sweden...