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Germany Sets New Refugee Target At 200,000 Per Year

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Jacob Bojesson Foreign Correspondent
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly reached a deal with coalition partners Sunday to set a new migrant policy for the next few years.

Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is about to form a new government with its sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU), the Green party and the liberal Free Democrats (FDP). The main obstacle has been to find a shared migrant policy, but the coalition reportedly agreed to accept 200,000 people per year after an eight-hour meeting, according to newspaper Die Welt.

The target will not be referred to as an “upper limit,” and no one will be turned away at the border. CSU demanded a cap on the number of migrants the country lets in. FDP and the Greens are strictly opposed to such an idea, and they have instead called for a points-based system for refugees and other immigrants.

Merkel has refused to set a cap on immigration after opening borders to more than one million people since 2015. The policy is considered to be the main reason behind CDU’s worst election since 1949. The party dropped 10 percentage points, while populist party Alternative for Germany made it into parliament for the first time with nearly 13 percent of the votes.

CDU published a 10-point plan prior to the meeting to regain support from voters. The party will focus on patriotism and a “guiding culture” of German values during the next term in power.

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