REFUGEE CRISIS

Merkel to Ramp Up Repatriations

  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Chancellor Angela Merkel is stepping up efforts on all fronts to speed up the readmission of refugees.

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    • Of the nearly 696,000 asylum cases decided last year, around 262,000 were rejected.
    • The 16-point program calls for a joint center to coordinate the return of asylum-seekers and a federal center for holding rejected asylum applicants.
    • The federal government will provide €90 million for return and reintegration programs.
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Ankunft von Flüchtlingen am Bahnhof München
For many refugees, Chancellor Angela Merkel was their escape from war and poverty. Source: DPA

More than a million refugees fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa poured into Germany over the past two years. Now many of them will be encouraged – or ordered – to return home soon under a raft of measures proposed by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government.

The chancellor will meet Thursday with the premiers of Germany’s 16 states to discuss a 16-point plan to expedite the departure of those who fail to meet asylum criteria.

Of the nearly 696,000 asylum cases decided last year, around 262,000 were rejected. These migrants will need to leave Germany, but sending them home and encouraging others to voluntarily return has proven challenging.

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