About 1,000 right-wing extremists have rallied outside Berlin's main train station, protesting Chancellor Angela Merkel's welcoming stance to refugees.

Demonstrators held signs with slogans like "No Islam on German Soil" and "Merkel Must Go," while waving German flags at the rally Saturday afternoon in the capital.

About 1.1 million migrants crossed into Germany last year raising concerns nationwide about how the country would cope with the influx. Still, the rally drew only about a fifth of the numbers organizers had expected and several counter-protests were being held around Berlin in support of Merkel.

Even as demonstrators chanted their "we are the people" mantra common to all recent far-right rallies, onlookers outside the police cordon shouted back "no you're not."

There weren't any immediate reports of clashes between the two sides.