Germans often have trouble accepting that their country has been shaped by waves of immigration. The German Emigration Center in Bremerhaven looks back 300 years to a time when people were leaving Europe in droves in search of a better life.
In Germany, a refugee's age is generally established in an interview with youth welfare officers. A court decision could soon require authorities to determine it with a medical exam, but those methods are controversial.
A German migration official is suspected of having granted asylum to some 1,200 migrants in exchange for bribes. Germany's migration agency has been under scrutiny since the arrival of over one million refugees in 2015.
The bill would allow authorities to seize refugees' cash and phones, as well as speed up deportations. The government said the harsher measures were designed to fight illegal migration and asylum abuse.
German chancellor Angela Merkel says that letting in legal migrants from a UN program helps head off illegal migration. Her remarks were made before a meeting with UN High Commissioner on Refugees Filippo Grandi.
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