Take back migrants or LOSE your foreign aid cash, official warns North Africa

GERMANY has threatened to slash its aid to North Africa if it fails to take back migrants, according to the country’s vice chancellor.

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Germany threatened to drop aid cash to North Africa

Mass sexual assaults during New Year in Cologne sparked fury after suspects were reportedly labelled as “men of North African appearance.”

Sigmar Gabriel, leader of the centre-left Social Democratic Party has now warned North Africa to take back rejected asylum seekers or they will lose their foreign aid.

He said: “Germany is more than willing to give economic aid to North Africa, but only when the governments there reciprocate by allowing people whose asylum applications have been rejected to travel back into the country.”


Cologne saw mass demonstrations after sex assaults

Prosecutors in Cologne are investigating 13 men in connection with the assaults, all alleged to be from North Africa.

The German governmet has found expelling Algerians and Moroccans difficult, claiming the countries are unwilling to take the asylum seekers back because of missing identity documents.


The men arrested on suspicion of the assaults are allegedly asylum seekers from North Africa

Between August and December up to 7,000 migrants from Algeria and Morocco sought asylum in Germany, according to reports.

Mass protests and party rebellions have escalated in the weeks after the Cologne attacks, calling on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to tighten the German borders.

The conservative Christian Social Union has called for Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia to be branded as “safe countries of origin.”

This means new arrivals from those countries would have very little chance of being granted refugee status and would be deported more quickly.

Last week Merkel met Algerian prime minister Abdelmalek Sellal in Berlin in an effort to improve cooperation on the issue of deportations.

However Sellal warned his country would only take deportees if it could be established they were Algerian.

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