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Germany Now Tracks 547 Migrants Deemed Security Risks

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Jacob Bojesson Foreign Correspondent
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Germany will review 547 asylum seekers who have been considered a security risk to determine whether they should be deported, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere announced Wednesday, according to Reuters.

The 547 suspects will now be investigated and tracked with ankle tags if necessary, de Maiziere told parliament Wednesday. Half of the people on the list are currently abroad. About 80 of them are in custody, and nearly 200 walk the streets of Germany, according to Suddeutsche Zeitung.

Burkhard Lischka, a parliamentary spokesman for the Social Democrats, said an alarming finding is that authorities have lost track of three suspects.

“They are playing with fire, and every wrong calculation can be deadly,” Lischka said after a parliamentary meeting, according to Reuters.

The German government is under pressure after last month’s terror attack against a Christmas market in Berlin. The attacker, Anis Amri, was a Tunisian refugee under surveillance for alleged ties to terrorism.

Konstantin von Notz of the Green Party criticized the government for its response after the terror attack.

“They are beginning to operate without a diagnosis,” von Notz said, according to Der Tagesspiegel. “New scandalous details are emerging every day.”

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