Thursday 22 August 2019

Germany wants quicker expulsion of failed Tunisian asylum seekers - Merkel

Police patrols at the reopened Christmas market near the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin. Photo: Clemens Bilan/Getty
Police patrols at the reopened Christmas market near the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin. Photo: Clemens Bilan/Getty
Italian police cordon off an area around a body after a shootout between police and a man in Milan's Sesto San Giovanni neighborhood, Italy, early Friday, Dec. 23, 2016. Italy's interior minister Marco Minniti says the man killed in an early-hours shootout in Milan is "without a shadow of doubt" the Berlin Christmas market attacker Anis Amri. (AP Photo/Daniele Bennati)
A body is covered in a thermical blanket as Italian police cordon off an area after a shootout between police and a man in Milan's Sesto San Giovanni neighborhood, early Friday, Dec. 23, 2016. Italy's interior minister Marco Minniti says the man killed in an early-hours shootout in Milan is "without a shadow of doubt" the Berlin Christmas market attacker Anis Amri. (AP Photo/Daniele Bennati)
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday she had told Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi during a phone conversation that her government wanted to speed up deportation of failed asylum seekers and increase the number of those expelled.

Speaking after Italian police shot dead a rejected Tunisian asylum seeker linked to the truck attack at a Christmas market in Berlin, Merkel said the incident raised many questions and her government would take measures to improve security.

"We have also made progress this year on the very important issue of deporting Tunisian citizens who have no right to stay in Germany," Merkel said. "I told the Tunisian president that we have to significantly speed up the deportation process and increase the number of people sent back."

Reuters

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