School pupils in Cottbus are using petitions and protests to fight for their Afghan schoolmates, who face deportation back to Afghanistan because their asylum applications have been turned down. Refugee organizations warn against such a move.
Activists are demanding EU member states stop sending asylum-seekers back to Afghanistan. Violence against civilians is on the rise in the country, yet some European governments appear eager to continue the deportations.
German authorities do not know the whereabouts of some 900 refugees under the age of 14. The head of a German children's charity said the new figures were alarming.
Italy has warned Germany not to deport migrants back to Italy. Reports say the German state of Bavaria is preparing to send asylum-seekers back to Italy, insisting that the cases must be processed at the point of entry.
Germany's statistics office has published figures for net migration to the country in 2017 with some surprise findings. The figures show more Germans are returning to the country and staying put.
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