Wed Jul 11th, 2018 at 07:04:36 AM EST
Seehofer: 'Lovely, 69 on my birthday'
Seehofer is part of a ultra-conservative movement exploiting the issues of immigration for strengthening his own voter power base. Using Xenophobia and Islamophobia - how ugly politics has become.
Minister of Interior Seehofer jokes as Afghan migrants deported | BBC News |
The EU has vowed to step up deportations of failed asylum seekers - part of a complex and controversial drive against illegal migration.
A report from the German news agency DPA (in German) says Afghan officials were angry that Germany had sent such a large group, as an upper limit of 50 per flight had been agreed. Of the 69 migrants, 51 were deported from Bavaria, Mr Seehofer's home state.
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"Of all things on my 69th birthday - and I didn't order this - 69 people were sent back to Afghanistan," Mr Seehofer said. "That's way above the usual level so far."
And he wants "transit centres" for rapid vetting of migrants at the Austrian border - an idea rejected by the Social Democrats (SPD), who are partners in Chancellor Angela Merkel's government.
Only last week Mrs Merkel hammered out a deal on asylum policy, which defused a crisis with Mr Seehofer. The row had threatened to fracture the coalition.