Germany steps up migrant deportations to North Africa

Germany has boosted the number of repatriations of rejected asylum seekers to Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, following years of diplomatic pressure on the Maghreb states.

An interior ministry spokesman said it has managed to improve cooperation with these countries, which has resulted in a rise of repatriations.

He said between 2015 and last year, repatriations from the biggest EU economy to Algeria rose from 57 to 504. To Morocco, they increased from 61 to 634, and to Tunisia from 17 to 251 over the same period.

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