TENSIONS are bubbling over in a small Dutch town after an influx of migrants rocked the community leading to protests and sparking the creation of vigilante groups.
Oude Pekela, in the Netherlands, has been the scene of heated demonstrations as locals fight back against the Syrian invaders being housed there.
As cities were overwhelmed with the number claiming asylum, the Dutch government was forced to house applicants far away from built-up areas.
Shelters were hastily set up in suburbs where their presence caused friction among residents, fearful immigration was impacting their small community.
Oude Pekela resident, Heye Meyer, said: “Our community is too small for this number of people.”
And even migrants themselves acknowledge the close-knit towns they have been placed in are less than welcoming.
A refugee from Aleppo, 20-year-old Ahmad, said: “It is maybe strange for them that we are here.”
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