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Germany: Afghan gov't agrees to co-operate on deportations

October 02, 2016 - 9:56 AM

BERLIN - The German government says Afghanistan has agreed to co-operate on the return of Afghan citizens whose request for asylum in Germany is rejected.

Germany's interior minister says the two countries signed a joint declaration Sunday that will provide a "clear and reliable basis" for both voluntary returns and deportations.

Thomas de Maiziere said in a statement Sunday that the agreement would help increase acceptance of Afghan asylum-seekers in Germany.

Germany has taken in the greatest number of refugees from Afghanistan of any European country.

Reducing the number of asylum-seekers coming to Germany — about 890,000 arrived in 2015 — has become a top priority for Chancellor Angela Merkel's government.

Details of the agreement weren't provided and Interior Ministry officials didn't immediately respond to phone calls and emails.

News from © The Associated Press, 2016
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