Merkel, under pressure, stresses need to deport failed asylum-seekers[Comment at Unz.com]
WORLD NEWS | Thu Sep 1, 2016 2:53pm EDT
By Andreas Rinke and Erik Kirschbaum | BERLIN
In a sharp change of tone, Chancellor Angela Merkel wants German authorities to accelerate the deportation of foreigners who are denied asylum, in response to growing public fears over the soaring numbers of migrants, members of parliament told Reuters on Thursday.
Facing criticism from the public and within her own conservatives for allowing around a million migrants and refugees to enter the country last year, Merkel told her party’s lawmakers that many foreigners were staying on even after their asylum applications had been denied.
“The most important thing in the coming months is repatriation, repatriation and once more, repatriation,” Merkel told the conservative members of parliament, sources told Reuters.
It was a significant shift of emphasis for Merkel, who has previously stuck to the mantra “We can do it!” and steadfastly refused demands to introduce limits on the number of refugees.