Violence, arson and hate speech. These are just some of the things that asylum seekers in Germany increasingly have to put up with.
The number of attacks against asylum centers has increased significantly within the past year. While Germany now has the largest refugee influx since World War II, from January to July, over 200 cases where refugees and migrants have been subjected to hate crimes such as arson, vandalism and violence, have been reported.
According to Der Spiegel, there has been a threefold increase in the number of attacks compared to the same period last year.
The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has condemned the latest attacks, but only via a press release.
And the mood in Germany is turning against the refugees coming into Europe in the hundreds of thousands.
Both Merkel and other German politicians now say that something has to be done, otherwise Germany will start questioning the open borders policy in Europe.
On Friday night about 1,000 people turned up in Heidenau near Dresden to demonstrate against an expected arrival of hundreds of refugees.
The demonstration was called by the National Democratic Party (NPD) from the far right.
The police intervened and fired tear gas grenades when a small group of protesters blocked a road that goes past a building meant to temporarily house refugees.
Hundreds of other protesters gathered at the same time in front of a building - a former warehouse, restored to be the residence of about 600 refugees. Around 300 people are already living in the building.
The massive influx of refugees has created a kind of martial law in Germany, where it has been necessary to use schools, gymnasiums and campsites as temporary accommodation centers for asylum seekers.
The waves of attacks against refugee centers in Germany are now so strong that the American search engine Google in July deleted a detailed map that showed information about where the reception centers for asylum seekers were located, for fear that the centers would be subjected to hate crimes, writes Bloomberg.
According to Jacob Ravndal, a researcher of militant right-wing extremism in western Europe, the numerous attacks are by angry citizens with right-wing views, but who are not necessarily members of any militant group. Often people gather in local civil protection groups against specific refugee centers, he says.
The majority of the attacks against the centers has happened in eastern Germany, in areas that previously have been homogeneous, but which are now experiencing mass immigration for the first time, and there the flow of refugees gives the most dramatic consequences, says Jacob Ravndal.
Germany expects up to 800,000 people to seek asylum by the end of 2015.
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