Merkel weighs steps to deport criminal refugees

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet is considering on Wednesday moves to toughen up asylum laws to help deport migrants found to have been involved in criminal activities.

The proposed changes come in the wake of the mass sexual assaults and robberies on women allegedly committed by a group of asylum seekers at New Year’s Eve celebrations in Cologne and other cities.

The new rules form part of a series of changes that Merkel's conservative-led coalition has launched aimed at tightening up the nation's asylum laws ahead of what is expected to be another surge in refugee numbers this year.

Some 1.1 million refugees arrived in Germany last year, placing enormous strains on the nation's resources and triggering criticism from within Merkel's coalition of her handling of the crisis.

Last update: Wed, 27/01/2016 - 12:58

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