In this photo taken July 25, 2014, passersby read a bulletin next to a placard reading in German "no human is illegal" in front of a refugee protest camp in Berlin, Germany. It was in Hellerdorf on ... more 
In this photo taken July 25, 2014, passersby read a bulletin next to a placard reading in German "no human is illegal" in front of a refugee protest camp in Berlin, Germany. It was in Hellerdorf on the eastern outskirts of Berlin that city fathers decided in June to settle up to 400 asylum seekers, transforming an abandoned four-story high school into a dormitory for asylum applicants and their families. Recent plans for such asylum centers have drawn fire elsewhere in Germany. Clearly, however, Berlin authorities were caught off guard by the hostile backlash in Hellersdorf, a neighborhood that is almost 97 percent German, and by the speed with which the far-right, anti-immigrant National Democratic Party moved to exploit that anger. The "boat-is-full" mentality was also mirrored in a recent statement by the government that in 2012, most of the Syrians, Chechens, Afghans and others seeking asylum within the European Union came to Germany. Asylum applications in the first half of this year soared 86 percent above the figure for the same period of 2012, the government said. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Gero Breloer
Thu, Aug 8, 2013 2:40 AM EDT