European countries have allowed mass immigration that has led to communities not integrating properly, leading to tensions within society, UKIP Leader Nigel Farage has said.
Speaking in a European Parliament debate on the Paris attack, Mr Farage urged European leaders to honestly admit that their political decisions had “led to much of what has happened.”
“Just think about foreign policy from Afghanistan through Iraq through Libya and even the attempt to want to arm the rebels in Syria. All of this was done, we were told, to make our streets safer, and in fact what we have done is to stir up very deep resentments within much of the Muslim community and it's had the very opposite effect,” Mr Farage said.
Even though there was no link between the attacks in Paris and immigration, Mr Farage used his speech to attack what he made appear as the EU’s open border policy.
He said: "We have pursued policies of mass immigration at a rate that has made it frankly impossible for many new communities to integrate and for that I think we have to hold our hands up.”
Mr Farage said Europeans were “guilty of weakness, of lack of courage, of lack of assertion in who we are as people.”
He also accused European leaders of turning a blind eye within the minority communities to practices that would not be tolerated in the rest of the population.
“We've allowed preachers of hate to go around saying things that are totally unacceptable,” Mr Farage said.
He urged the European leaders to be more courageous in standing up for their Judeo-Christian culture.