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>> We are not the bad people who is trying to show the German voters and the German population that Syrian are here just laying down not doing nothing, they are using our money. No, that is totally wrong, actually.>> Mohammad Malich is a Syrian living in German, where over a million of his countrymen have fled Syria's civil war.
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And he was outraged when a delegation from a far right political party, the AFD, posted this picture of themselves said to be drinking coffee in the Syrian city of Homs as proof that some areas were safe enough to deport migrants there. The lawmaker who released the photos said, quote, refugees from Homs drink coffee at the expense of the German taxpayer in Berlin.
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Now, Malich and other Syrians with their supporters in Germany have taken to social media with the #Ipayformycoffee.>> What we want to show is that we are part of the society, we are refugees, we are immigrants, and we are trying to put respect into the wealth Of German population.
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>> They say they're trying to stop stereotypes and that their situation is more nuanced than their critics would claim. Many of the unemployed want work, they say, but can't find it. The resurgence of the far right has had ramifications even for mainstream politics though. Just on Friday, Germany's new interior minister laid out a set of new hardline immigration policies that would make deportations faster.
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They're seen as an attempt of Chancellor Angela Merkel's government to head off the power of the AFD, which seize the third place in the last election. The AFDs delegation were guests of Syria's government, which is opposed by Berlin and the rest of NATO.