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Sunday, 06 November 2016 - 18:55
German ministry wants migrants returned to Africa
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The German Interior Ministry wants to stop migrants ever reaching Europe's Mediterranean coast by picking them up at sea and returning them to Africa.

In what would be a huge shift for a country with one of the most generous asylum policies, the ministry says the European Union should adopt an Australian-style system under which migrants intercepted at sea are sent for processing at camps in third countries.

The goal must be to remove the basis for people-smuggling organisations and to save migrants from the life-threatening journey.

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