Manilla Ghafuri from Afghanistan poses in downtown Copenhagen, Denmark, May 29, 2019. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer
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Growing numbers of Danish Muslims say they have faced verbal abuse, exclusion and hate crimes since mainstream political parties began adopting anti-immigrant policies previously the preserve of the far right.He just stood and waited for another girl who is an ethnic Danish girl," said Ghafuri, who also works as a teacher and has a degree in Danish.The number of immigrants from non-Western countries and their descendants who have experienced discrimination because of their ethnic background rose to 48 percent last year from 43 percent two years earlier, according to the National Integration Barometer.Around 43 percent of refugees who have lived in Denmark for more than three years were employed by the end of 2018, up from just 20 percent by the end of 2015 .With the mainstream parties toughening up on immigration, Denmark's biggest populist group, The Danish People's Party (DF) has lost some of its appeal and opinion polls show it is likely to shed almost half of its voters in the election.
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