MERKEL WILL EXPEL ASYLUM SEEKERS FROM GERMANY AS SUPPORT FOR MUSLIM MIGRANTS COLLAPSES

[2/10/17]  Angela Merkel met state governors last night to discuss expelling failed asylum seekers from Germany.

Merkel’s popularity has been seriously dented as a result of her policy of welcoming more than one million immigrants to her country since 2015.

With a general election scheduled for September, she is said to be desperate to boost her chances of securing a fourth term in office.

According to official figures, Germany rejected more than 170,000 asylum applications in 2016 but repatriated only 26,000 people.

Under a 16-point plan drawn up by Merkel and her advisors, police would be allowed to detain people deemed to be a threat, with “federal departure centres” built near airports to house rejected applicants. There will also be an increase in financial incentives to boost voluntary departures.

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