(AFP) Germany, which has taken in over one million asylum seekers since 2015, on Thursday readied plans to speed up expulsions of those denied refugee status -- but controversy flared over sending people back to war-torn Afghanistan.
Chancellor Angela Merkel -- who faces a re-election bid in September amid a voter backlash against the mass influx -- was to discuss a series of measures with leaders of Germany's 16 state governments.
Among the proposals are setting up national "deportation centres" to streamline expulsions, financial incentives for those who return voluntarily, and heightened pressure on countries that refuse to take back their nationals.
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