Anti-migrant protests erupt in Netherlands as refugees housed in tiny town of 8,000

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
By Paul Martin

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.

Tue, Dec 27, 2016

Oude Pekela, in the Netherlands, has been the scene of heated demonstrations as locals struggle to adjust to the number of Syrian migrants 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.”

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