PEGIDA supporters swarm Munich in anti-refugee march
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Some 300 supporters of PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans against Western Islamization) marched through Munich on Monday, decrying Islamism in Europe and the mass immigration of Muslim refugees into Germany. Anti-immigrant and anti-Islam demonstrations have dogged Germany for the last year, with spikes in hate crimes against refugees over the last few months, as Europe's refugee crisis spirals. Far-right groups and anti-immigration sympathizers have voiced anger over German Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to declare Germany's suspension of the Dublin Regulation. The regulation states that migrants can only claim asylum in the country they first enter on European Union (EU) territory; those who try to enter any other country would face deportation. However, Germany is now permitting officers to process applications of asylum seekers even if they travelled through other EU countries first. Authorities estimate that up to 800,000 people could apply for asylum in Germany by the end of 2015.