"This means that this environment has taken in new individuals. A third of those who were active in 2015 are new recruits," Expo researcher Jonathan Leman told Swedish Radio.
According to Leman's estimation, NRM has attracted new members partly through a recent change in strategy, deciding, among other things, to found a political party. In this connection, the movement seemingly lowered the threshold for becoming an active member, seeking to entice more people.
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In November, an estimated 600 far-right demonstrators and NRM supporters marched through central Stockholm in the organization's biggest march yet. Despite reaching record numbers, the marchers were still easily outnumbered by thousands of anti-racists protesting their very presence.
Remarkably, the same growth trend has become manifest even at the legitimate end of the political spectrum. The Sweden Democrats (SD), in effect Sweden's one and only anti-immigrant parliamentary party, reportedly continue to grow, despite coordinated efforts to raise a "cordon sanitaire" through isolating the "troublemakers" with a cross-party alliance. In October, the smear campaign reached new heights as none other than Prime Minister Stefan Löfven labeled SD as "Nazis," yet was forced to retract his statement after lawsuit threats.
Nevertheless, public support for SD seems to be rising. In the 2010 general election, the Sweden Democrats crossed the four per cent threshold necessary for parliamentary representation for the first time. In the 2014 general election, the Sweden Democrats polled 12.9 percent of votes in its largest success so far.
Previously, independent pollsters put SD peak support at as much as 28.8 percent of the vote, effectively making it the largest party in Sweden.