(28 Nov 2016) Omar Mohammed, a 24-year-old refugee from Syria, says he's very attracted to German women - he loves their looks, likes the sound of them talking in German and would die to date one of them, only he doesn't know how to do it.
The shy Syrian, with spikey black hair, almond-shaped eyes and olive skin, is somewhat of a novice when it comes to the other sex.
German women, in particular, seem a big mystery to him.
So Mohammed, a goldsmith from the Syrian city of Afrin near the Turkish border, decided to take action.
He was one of 11 young Muslim men who participated in a dating class for refugees in the western city of Dortmund.
Horst Wenzel, often dubbed Germany's Mr. Flirt, makes his living teaching wealthy but uptight German men how to approach women.
But this year, he decided to also volunteer his skills to help Germany as it struggles to integrate more than one million refugees who have arrived over the past two years, most of them from war-torn Muslim countries with vastly different relations between the sexes.
Last week, in downtown Dortmund, he offered his third installment of "How to fall in love in Germany," taking the group of young men through their paces.
The students conceded they had a lot to learn.
Some German women were receptive to the idea - Hannah Tietjen, a 20-year-old psychology student, said she was open-minded about being with a refugee as long as he wasn't restrictive.
Jasmin Olbrich, a 24-year-old, said "human touch," "honesty," and "trust" mattered most when it came to a potential partner.
But across Germany, hostility to asylum seekers has been on the rise since groups of foreigners - mostly young men from northern Africa - robbed and groped dozens of women on New Year's Eve in Cologne.
Most of the hostility targets young male asylum-seekers from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, who make up the majority of the migrants reshaping Germany.
Last year alone, 890,000 people applied for asylum, with hundreds of thousands more applying this year.
Violent crimes against migrants and arson attacks on asylum shelters and mosques have increased in frequency, and refugees say they have experienced discrimination and abuse since the Cologne attacks.
The anti-foreigner sentiment is reshaping German politics as well, with the populist Alternative for Germany party surging as it campaigns against Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to welcome the migrants.
The flirting class, participants said, offered a way to get beyond the adversity.
Wenzel chatted about pick-up lines, paying compliments and original ideas for first dates, advising those attending to impress and entertain girls they talk to.
When class finished, most of the men said they'd learned a lot and were eager to put their new skills to use.
But Essam Kadib al Ban, a perky 20-year-old Syrian, who is dreaming of becoming a police officer in Germany one day, remained somewhat unconvinced, saying he'd happily have a German girlfriend but hoped to eventually marry a Syrian girl.
"I would like to marry a girl from my country, that has similar traditions to me, with a way of thinking like mine, so we can raise our children according to the same way of thinking about life."
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