Germany: Afghan gov't agrees to cooperate on deportations

  • Germany: Afghan gov't agrees to cooperate on deportations

Germany: Afghan gov't agrees to cooperate on deportations

BERLIN-Fewer asylum seekers came to Germany in 2015 than previously estimated, the country's interior minister said Friday in a bid to calm fears over the record influx of migrants past year. He said Germany took in fewer than the reported 1.1 million migrants a year ago because some registered twice and others had moved on to other destinations.

He said the revision was due to some refugeees registering twice or others moving on to other destinations.

Adding that, on the whole, Germany had coped well with the challenges of the refugee crisis, the minister said, "We are all equally agreed, though, that we can not allow a repeat of the situation seen last autumn".

"But I want to leave no doubt: The number of 890,000 is still very high", De Maiziere said.

The minister has repeatedly stressed in recent months, that the previous number is too high for multiple registrations, or because some refugees may have traveled further to another country or back home.

The German government says Afghanistan has agreed to cooperate on the return of Afghan citizens whose request for asylum in Germany is rejected. Many, added de Maiziere, have also moved on to other European countries or returned to their countries of origin. While refusing to change her migration policy, she has acknowledged mistakes and admitted Germany wasn't adequately prepared for last year's flood of migrants.