Chancellor Angela Merkel's poll numbers have been falling as many Germans grow weary of the migrant influx. Her conservatives, and their Bavarian allies, have hammered out a plan to filter out those migrants with little chance of receiving asylum.
State interior ministers have agreed that the current ban on deporting Syrians back to their native country will remain in force for at least another year. Some states had proposed ending the ban in mid-2018.
German states led by parties in Angela Merkel's conservative Union have backed plans to begin deporting Syrians back to Syria starting in mid-2018. The proposal relates mainly to criminals and rejected asylum seekers.
DW spoke with John Dalhuisen, Amnesty's director for Europe and Central Asia, about the allegations that the EU has been complicit in the abuse of migrants in Libya.
Pilots across Germany are stopping planned deportations of rejected asylum seekers. At the same time, refugees are appealing their deportation orders in record numbers - and winning.
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