Hundreds of thousands of refugees see Turkey as the gateway to Europe. Around 3 million of them, mostly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, are stuck here. Pressure is growing either to provide for and integrate the refugees or deport them.
Chancellor Merkel is headed for Algeria to find ways to boost trade with the Mediterranean nation. But the complicated issue of migration will loom over her talks as Berlin looks for ways to stem irregular migration.
The number of migrants who cannot be deported rose in Germany in 2017. Authorities often struggle to obtain the relevant travel documents from their countries of origin, according to a report.
Germany's top court has ruled that a person cannot be deported to their country of origin if at risk of torture. A German-born Turkish Salafist had appealed his return, saying he would be tortured in his home country.
The envisioned relocation of refugees throughout the European Union has not worked. Now more of them can be sent back to Greece. Bernd Riegert reports from Brussels.
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