Tunisia agrees to take back 1,500 migrants – Merkel


Chancellor Angela Merkel saidTunisia has agreed to take back 1,500 rejected Tunisian migrants from Germany, after an attack by a Tunisian on a Christmas market in Berlin which left 12 dead.

Merkel told Tunisia she wanted to speed up repatriation of failed asylum-seekers after Islamic State supporter Anis Amri drove a truck through the market in December.

Amri had been denied asylum six months earlier. Merkel has come under heavy pressure for policies that allowed a million refugees into Germany in two years.
“We agreed with Tunisia to send back 1,500 Tunisians who have been refused permission to stay in Germany,” Merkel said at a news conference with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi in Tunis.
“Those who want to return voluntarily will be able to receive aid.”

Essebsi said Tunisia would send a delegation to verify the identities of those returning. German authorities have detained another Tunisian man they suspect of involvement in the truck attack.

Merkel also said the German government would provide Tunisia with 250 million euros in aid for development projects.