German minister wants to deport hundreds of thousands of refugees

The finance minister in Germany's state of Bavaria said on Saturday he aims to deport hundreds of thousands of refugees from the country over the next three years.

Minister Markus Soeder told news magazine Der Spiegel that "even with the best intentions it will not be possible to successfully integrate that many people from completely foreign cultures."

More than 1 million migrants arrived in Germany in the past year, many fleeing ongoing conflict in Syria.

"Even in Syria the civil war will end at some point," the regional finance minister said, adding that refugees from Afghanistan and Iraq were now also able to return to regions in their home countries that have been deemed safe.

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