Last year, the German Parliament declared Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia safe countries of origin - meaning that refugees from those countries can be returned to their homelands. Now, Germany's upper house has rejected the bill.
Germany's migration office is considering plans to build homes in Morocco where they can send deported underage migrants, according to leaked documents. The plans have been criticized by opposition lawmakers.
The German parliament's upper chamber rejected a law that would have allowed quicker deportations to Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. The decision deals a blow to Chancellor Angela Merkel's refugee strategy.
The state premier of Baden-Württemberg wants Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria declared safe countries of origin. Asylum seekers from these countries already are rarely granted permission to remain in Germany.
Despite strong criticism, Germany's Bundestag has approved a proposal to add Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia to a list of "safe countries of origin." The regulation aims to reduce the number of asylum-seekers in Germany.
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