Germany’s interior minister, Thomas de Maizière, and his Moroccan counterpart are seeking closer cooperation in sending back migrants who enter Germany illegally. The pressure is greater in the wake of attacks in Cologne over the new year.
Germany's interior minister has joined the chorus of politicians expressing concern over the burning of Israeli flags in Berlin. Germany's Central Council of Jews has been calling for an anti-Semitism commissioner.
Since opening its doors in 2015, no unaccompanied minors have been deported from Germany. That is soon set to change, as Berlin has started building centers in Morocco to house deported minors, according to a report.
Germany has said the number of new migrants is expected to fall for a second year in a row after peaking in 2015. And Interior Minister de Maiziere has praised a scheme that pays failed asylum seekers to return home.
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has called for EU-wide agreement on the amount of benefits that refugees receive, saying that Germany is paying much more than others in the bloc.
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