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German town reopens pool to asylum seekers after gender education drive
by Joseph Nasr and Petra Wischgoll
A German town said on Monday it would reopen its public indoor swimming pool to male asylum seekers after talking to migrants about the need to treat women with respect.
Bornheim, a small town 30 km (19 miles) south of Cologne, banned the men last week after receiving complaints of sexual harassment at the pool, saying it was not prepared to see German cultural norms compromised.
It was the latest sign of social tensions caused by the arrival of 1.1 million migrants in Germany last year, followed by a wave of sexual assaults on women by gangs of young male refugees during New Year's Eve celebrations in Cologne.
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