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Germany's refugee welcome wears thin

PEGIDA, an anti-Islam, anti-migrant movement, held its one-year anniversary at a rally in Dresden, Germany, on 19 October that was attended by at least 10,000 supporters
Andrei Pungovschi/IRIN

Images of Germans greeting refugees at Munich’s train station with cheers and teddy bears in early September were beamed around the world, but the welcome that asylum seekers receive after being dispersed to cities, towns and rural areas around the country is often quite different.

The logistical challenge of housing, feeding and registering all of these new arrivals is only the first hurdle for German authorities. The next stage of integrating hundreds of thousands of refugees is likely to be much harder and could take decades.

IRIN visited the small town of Pirna in Saxony to find out how one town and its new refugee population are coming to terms with the long process of adjustment.

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