Near mourning sight at Place de la Republique an unknown man drew much attention by blindfolding himself and putting out two signs reading “I’m a Muslim, but I’m told that I’m a terrorist” and “I trust you, do you trust me? If yes, hug me.”
Many also fear increased xenophobia across the continent, with some failing to distinguish between those belonging to an armed group such as ISIL and ordinary asylum seekers who are often themselves trying to escape such groups.
“I think it’s going to be harder to be an immigrant and to be a foreigner in Europe,” says Eve Shahshahani, head of asylum for Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture.
Threats of anti-Muslim violence are emerging in the aftermath of the Paris attacks.
In the aftermath of the terror attacks in Paris, 22 U.S. states are planning to close their doors to the original accepted 100,000 refugees from Syria.
In the days after a wave of deadly attacks killed at least 129 people in Paris, a number of European politicians have seized the opportunity to warn against accepting any more people fleeing from war and persecution in Muslim-majority countries.
The warnings have added to fears that the plight of refugees would worsen after reports that one of the Paris attackers was carrying a Syrian passport – a connection that has not yet been proven.
Bruno Tertrais, senior research fellow at the Foundation for Strategic Research, said: “What I fear is that there will be irrational demands for completely closing down immigration flows, especially from Syria.”