Attacks from locals and drug-fuelled violence among refugees has seen disillusioned migrants feeling trapped in one of Germany's most heated social flashpoints. Refugees staying in the small eastern town of FThe new frontline: of Germany's migrant crisis: Inside the small town where hate mobs hold violent protests and threaten to burn down immigration centrereital who once dreamt of a new life in Germany from their war-torn lands are now longing to move to what they see as more tolerant cities such as Berlin, or even to other countries such as Sweden and the UK.
It is little surprise: Freital, with a population of 39, and home to 2, refugees, has become a poster town for the refugee crisis in Germany, a place where resentment from locals over the migrants have frequently boiled over into violence and seen it become a byword for intolerance.
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Scroll down for video. Anger: Germany has taken in one million refugees this year, which has polarized opinion across the country, between those who welcome them, and those who want to close the borders. Freital, home to 2, refugees, has become a focal point for the country's migrant crisis. Shattered: The migrants who dreamed of a new life in a welcoming Germany have found themselves greeted by protests and even violence in some towns, like Freital.
Here, the arrival of people to a migrant reception centre in nearby Dresden was met with anger from locals.
A focal point for the protests has been Hotel Leonardo, a former three-star conference hotel where rooms had cost from around 35 euros per night before it was sold and turned into a shelter for asylum seekers in March this year for around migrants. Earlier this year, up to 1, Freital residents, ed by right-wing protesters, clashed with pro-refugee counter demonstrators outside the hotel on weekday evenings, with police forced to separate the two groups as eggs and insults of 'Nazis' and 'leftist fascists' were hurled.
The group claims online that 'our town will stay clean — Freital is free'.
The frontline of germany's migrant crisis: inside the small town where nazi hate mobs hold violent protests and threaten to burn down refugee centres
Hostilities have reportedly eased in the town following what was supposed to be a reconciliatory meeting held by the regional authorities in July, when angry locals brought the meeting to an abrupt end after shouting down one of the politicians, with one resident screaming: 'We will burn down the hostel.
But abuse from locals remains a part of everyday life for many refugees. Sam Jaff, a year-old from Baghdad in Iraq, told MailOnline in good English on his way back to Hotel Leonardo from town: 'When we walk in the city people show me the finger. Especially when we go to Dresden. In this region, people are not very good. I think Berlin is better than here. London is very good. I love Britain. People would love to go there. Unwelcome: Gandhi Jan left and Sam Jaff right are both living in the centre in Freital, but neither of them are happy with how the locals have treated them since they arrived.
Flashpoint: The centre in Freital pictured at the Hotel Leonardo used to be a three star conference facility where rooms had cost from around 35 euros per night, but it was sold and in March began to house migrants from across the world.
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New starts: Many have found their dreams crushed. Sam, an Iraqi, left now hopes to go to Berlin, where he believes migrants are more welcome. People would love to go there'. Gandhi, who fled his home in the Kurdistan region of war-torn Syria after the government called him up to fight in the country's civil war, said that after arriving in Germany he had tried to his sisters in London, where they have lived for around eight years.
But his fingerprints were taken by the German authorities as part of the refugee registration process after he expressed his desire to go to Britain, thwarting any attem pt to try and be registered in the UK instead and have the asylum process carried out there. Under the Dublin Convention, refugees are meant to register in the first country they enter, which is then obliged to process the asylum application. But many migrants have used the Schengen agreement's lack of border controls to cross through Europe unnoticed to try to claim asylum in a country where they see conditions for refugees as more favourable.
Gandhi, who wasn't able to bring his then-pregnant wife with him when he fled, said he desperately wants to bring her and the four-month-old son he has never seen to Germany as soon as possible.
He doubts that he'll be able to bring them his wife and child, currently in hiding, sooner than a year, though. Sam told MailOnline he would also go to Britain if he could afford it. Speaking in good English, he sighed: 'It's expensive and difficult from here to go to England.
They [the refugees staying in Hotel Leonardo] would all go there otherwise - or people here would go straight away. I'm not happy in Germany, the language is too difficult. I wish I will go to Britain. Although refugees are meant to stay in the German state to where they have been allocated according to a formula that distributes refugees according to the wealth and population of the state, that hasn't stopped migrants leaving Hotel Leonardo for other cities, said Sam.
They don't ask permission, they just go. They go to the camps, they go to the police stations. But some of them get sent back here. Family: Gandhi left his wife and child behind, and hopes to bring them to Europe but knows, by the time he is able, they may have been killed.
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Migrants bringing people across is one of the main concerns of anti-immigration activists, who claim families can have 50 members. Room for all: Petra Mosoczki, 61, a Freital resident living near the refugee hostel Hotel Leonardo, wasn't worried by her new neighbours. Fearful: Estate residents like Petra, 71, who didn't give her surname, told MailOnline that the refugees 'come here and they practise their Islam religion', adding they wanted 'to suppress the Christianity'.
She claims the area has also been infested with rats since they arrived. Germany is struggling to house the more than one million asylum seekers expected in the country by the end of the year.
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Refugees have been coming to Freital for many years, the town mayor's office told MailOnline, but the large wave of migration reaching the town became apparent at the beginning of this year. The hostel backs onto East German Communist-era blocks, where residents gave mixed reactions to the newcomers. Petra Mosoczki, 61, who has lived on the estate for four years and works as a volunteer for a social initiative, told MailOnline she didn't have a problem with the new neighbours.
Her attitude wasn't shared by others on the estate, however. Eric, a year-old heavily-pierced resident, and who declined to give his last name, said: 'I think there's too many people for Freital.
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He said he had seen refugees on public transport pretending not to understand how the ticket system worked. Personally I think the government has full responsibility for the migrants coming here. Violence: Drunk neo-Nazis clashed with police near Dresden hours after a mysterious fire destroyed a shelter for asylum seekers entering Germany in Tal, in Baden-Wuerttemberg state, five hours south west of Freital. Anger: In total, the 16 states of Germany have recorded instances of attacks against accommodation areas and individual migrants in the first eight months of the year.
Petra, 71, who didn't give her surname, has lived on the estate for 43 years. She complained to MailOnline that she is frequently disturbed by noise from the hostel, which her window backs onto, and is exasperated by the influx.
We have heard the screams from the hostel. And the children are scared of their fathers. She claimed that the estate is now suffering from a rat infestation because refugees throw any food they don't want to eat out of the window. Petra said she took part in a demonstration along with residents in September outside the hostel protesting about the refugees, which she said also drew more than counter-demonstrators.
She told MailOnline she was frustrated that any criticism of refugees led to people calling them right-wing extremists. Refugees should return to their own countries to rebuild them as Germany had to after the Second World War, she said. The send their young men here. Single women no longer feel safe showering or going to the toilet at night, according to reports. Pictured a woman migrant receives food in Dresden.
Crimes: With assaults at centres on the rise, pregnant Ayan Arab Nuur, 19, right from Somalia, said she fears for her safety. She told MailOnline: 'They knock at my door. I'm not safe'. Handouts: Two Afghan refugee children are given fruit as part of a volunteer initiative in Dresden, which has been the scene of bubbling tension and resentment at the new arrivals to the town.
A woman manning a mobile stall selling baked goods on the estate, and who declined to give her name, echoed Petra's comments, saying: 'We didn't have anyone after the Second World War, no one helped us. They [the refugees] can do the same. When asked what it was about Freital that had made it a hotbed of resentment against refugees, Mr Kaniewski replied: 'I don't think it has to do with the city itself. I think this situation could have happened in any small city, community or town in Saxony. He explained that this lack of contact with people from other countries meant locals didn't know how to deal with them, and that this, coupled with right-wing extremism in the region, made it fertile ground for xenophobia to be whipped up.
Mr Kaniewski said that the National Democratic Party of Germany NPDan extreme right-wing party, was much stronger in the rural areas than in the big cities. He added: 'I'm very happy to see that the situation in Freital is now much more relaxed than in the last weeks. But violence has continued to erupt in other parts of Saxony. chatting conversation freital and more
But the Prohlis district police chief Uwe Waurich sparked controversy last week after he blamed the refugee social initatives for being responsible for the brawl by acting as a provocation to right-wing extremists. Volume: The s arriving in the country - which surged after Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would welcome Syrian refugees with open arms to Germany - have meant the government has been forced to rethink their refugee policy and tighten the rules.
Deportation: Resti Demvishi, 20, from Albania, who is staying at Hotel Leonardo in Freital, hoped for a better life in Germany, but is now unlikely to be granted asylum as his country is no longer on the list of countries which Germany will accept refugees from. It's a miracle that none of us was seriously injured. He said that refugees in the region face daily attacks on the street.
Dirk Abraham, an NPD councillor on the Freital City Council, said that life in the town had got markedly worse since the refugees came, and that women don't feel safe to walk alone in the streets. After speaking to MailOnline, Mr Abraham headed into a packed town council meeting where more than 50 residents had squeezed into the small chamber last Thursday night for discussions on plans to move refugees into school gyms as the town struggles to house migrants.
When MailOnline asked a few audience members why they had wanted to attend the meeting, a young woman responded indignantly: 'They want to take our sports halls. He said he came to Germany 'for a better life', but his chances of gaining asylum in the country were recently slashed with the passing of amendments to asylum laws in October, which saw Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro deated safe states, and which mean their citizens have little chance of getting asylum and can be quickly deported.
An event the initiative arranged, deed to create dialogue, descended into chaos earlier this year.