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Germany to cap yearly refugee arrivals at about 200,000:

AFP  |  Berlin 

will limit the number of arrivals to around 200,000 annually under a draft agreement sealed today in talks between the country's two biggest parties. "We determine that the number of new arrivals... should not exceed the range of 180,000 to 220,000 per year," according to a copy of the document agreed by Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats obtained by AFP. On the thorny issue of family reunions for asylum seekers granted temporary refuge, the preliminary accord says current restrictions should be loosened. The agreement calls for to pass a by the end of July allowing 1,000 family members per month to come to Merkel long resisted a strict upper limit on asylum seekers coming to Europe's top economy, as demanded by her CDU's Bavarian sister party, the But after winning an with a reduced majority in September, she agreed to a soft cap on Germany's refugee intake in a bid to silence bitter squabbling within her conservative camp. Merkel's decision to let in more than one million people fleeing war and misery from 2015 has proved deeply divisive in The anti-immigration Alternative for capitalised on voter anger over the issue to score 12.6 percent in the general election, a record for a far-right party in the post- war period.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 18:15 IST
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