Record level migrant deportations planned this year in Germany

The German government seeks to deport a record level of migrants this year, according to a top official, after last year set a record itself with over 80,000 deportations.

Chancellor Angela Merkel is looking to win back some of her conservative voters as divisions open up over her controversial migrant policy, which allowed over a million refugees and migrants to enter the country.

The policy was a key factor in the rise of the radical right-wing, anti-European Alternative for Germany party, who now holds around 10% in the polls, and a drop in Merkel’s popularity, where she is now tied with coalition partner SPD.

Her Chief of Staff told a German newspaper that over half of 2016’s 700,000 refugee applications were rejected, setting the stage for an unprecedented level of deportations, as opposition parties claim that the refugees contain not only terrorists, but economic migrants as well.

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