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>> Last Sunday's German election pushed a far right political party into Parliament for the first time since the 1950s. They only took 12.6% of the vote, but small towns like this in East Germany have proven a refuge for the movement. And voters who feel left behind by the cosmopolitan West.
Reuters correspondent, Michelle Martin.>> I am here in the Eastern state of Saxony, where around one in four people voted for the far right Alternative for Germany. That means it's the strongest party in this region, closely followed by Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats. The people I've been speaking to here today say they're very concerned about their pensions.
They're also concerned that some of the money that might be going to them for their pensions will actually end up going to refugees. Chancellor Angela Merkel, decided in 2015 to open the borders to more than a million migrants. And people here say they're very concerned about that, even though some say there aren't actually that many refugees here.
> Founded in just 2013, Alternative For Germany, also known as the AFD, ran on an anti-migrant platform with the motto quote, take your country back. This small town has a population of 14,000 and says it's taken in about 130 asylum seekers. The vast majority of migrants are distributed to cities and places with high tax revenue.
But the AFD supporters here say they're concerned about Islamization and losing German culture. The town also has an unemployment rate of only 4%, but a fifth of AFD voters are jobless.>> One person I spoke to today, said he voted for the AFD out of protest. And statistics show that that's true for about two-thirds of the people who voted for the AFD on Sunday.
And some commentators have linked the particular success of the AFD in the East to reunification. When Germany reunified in 1990, a lot of people in the East lost their jobs, and some of the people here feel that they're losers of reunification.>> The AFD is now the third largest party in Germany.