Xenophobia is the fear of everything that which is perceived to be foreign or strange. It affects the relations and perceptions of group of people towards another one.
It includes a fear of losing identity, suspicion of the other group's activities, aggression towards the other group, and desire to eliminate its presence to secure a presumed purity.
Xenophobia in South Africa is nothing new. Since 2008 there have been killings and attacks against refugees and migrants from other African countries. Some experts and critics say it’s more than just an economic issue. Listen to the show featuring among others Zambian musician and activist popularly known as Pilato for more insight.
Following the death of a regional politician, Lower Saxony's interior minister wants the government to track neo-Nazis. Boris Pistorius says agents could adapt methods that monitor people suspected of religious violence.
Chemnitz's cultural scene is reacting to the media's spotlight on far-right groups with its own set of interventions. One exhibition features Mario Pfeifer's hard-hitting video work about a buried xenophobic attack.