Thursday, October 20, 2016
Germany offers to Pay Countries To Take Back their Migrants
As Europe reels from a historic rush of migrants, leaders are searching for new ways to reverse the flow by stepping up deportations.
The quest led to a deal with Afghanistan that envisions a whole new terminal at the Kabul airport to take deportees. It sent German Chancellor Angela Merkel last week on a whistle-stop tour of African capitals, where she promised an influx of euros in exchange for willingness to take back migrants.
And it resulted in an agreement with Turkey that critics say means European nations are biting their tongues about Ankara’s human rights abuses to halt the flow of refugees to Greece.