German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere plans to declare Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia "safe countries of origin." But are people in those countries really safe? DW's Alexandra von Nahmen reports from the Tunisia-Libya border.
Incoming German Family Minister Franziska Giffey is typical of the fresh new faces in the government. Although not experienced at the national level, she's down-to-earth, female and, above all, young.
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière wants to continue the practice of not generally allowing refugees' family members access to Germany. The restrictions apply to refugees under subsidiary protection.
Germany wants rejected asylum seekers to voluntarily leave the country and aims to offer an incentive. The idea, outlined by Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, is meant to help with reintegration once back at home.
Refugee family reunification in Germany remains a major sticking point ahead of preliminary coalition talks in January. DW explains how the process works – and why critics want to lift the current ban permanently.
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