Human rights group Amnesty International has urged the Causeway Coast and Glens public to stand firm against hatred.
The plea came after news that Syrian refugees will be resettled in the borough prompted anti-immigrant graffiti and an online barrage of racist remarks.
Patrick Corrigan, Amnesty's Northern Ireland Programme Director said: “We know that the vast majority of people on the north coast will open their hearts to these families.
“Sadly, there will always be a minority of people anywhere who let down the community at large, seizing any opportunity to stir up hatred.
“But these extremists are not representative of the local community and should not be allowed to frustrate or smear this important project.”
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