If Europe had followed Australia’s lead, and forcibly turned away all boats coming from Africa and Turkey, they would not be pleading, let alone spending millions of taxpayer money, to take these people back. That’s a fact.
‘Speed up repatriations’, Germany tells N.African states
Published: 28 Feb 2016 18:01 GMT+01:00
Thomas de Maiziere, who is to visit Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, said many applicants lacked travel documents or gave false names and other personal details, making it more difficult to send them back to their countries of origin.
Modern technology such as biometric identity papers could help, he told AFP, adding that “we could imagine offering our support” in the area.
“Our goal is to make the procedures more efficient and faster,” he said in written responses to AFP questions ahead of his departure for Morocco later Sunday.
After taking in more than one million asylum seekers last year, Germany is trying to reduce arrivals, including with a law to declare Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia safe countries of origin.