The Saarland, in the far west of Germany, is one of the country's 16 federal states (or Bundesländer). The capital is Saarbrücken. The state is the smallest apart from the city-states Berlin, Bremen and Hamburg.
Saarland has an area of 2,570 km² and its population is approximately 1,012,000. In the past, the region was known for coal mining, but the automobile, steel and ceramic industry now play a central role.
Saarland's interior minister has said his state is considering intelligence tests for refugees to speed up integration. The report comes amid efforts to improve the integration of migrants and refugees in Germany.
Police searching for three members of the disbanded Red Army Faction terrorist group have reportedly carried out house searches in Saarland. The trio are wanted in connection with two attempted armed robberies.