The German government has been tightening restrictions on people from war-torn countries joining relatives who have found refuge in Germany. But in a few urgent cases, a sponsorship program has been able to help.
Ex-Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, wanted for rebellion in Spain, has met representatives from his JuntsxCat party in a Berlin hotel. The party insists it is open to talks with Mariano Rajoy's government in Madrid.
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.
The German development minister, Gerd Müller, says Germany and Iraq will step up cooperation on the reintegration of Iraqi refugees. He said up to 10,000 Iraqis would be helped to return home.
Germany is hoping more Iraqi refugees will return home with the assistance of a massive aid package. But a senior minister has traveled to Iraq to ask for something in return.
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