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Migrants victimised by extremists won’t be deported, says German region

© FRANCE 24 screen grab | Nigeria-born Mirian Igboeli was attacked by her neighbour, who called her a "monkey" and repeatedly struck her.

Video by Clément BONNEROT

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2017-01-14

In a bid to stem an increase in violence against migrants in Germany, the state of Brandenburg has announced that failed asylum-seekers will not be deported if they have been subjected to physical violence at the hands of extremists.

Officials hope the move, which Berlin regional authorities are also mulling, will send a powerful signal to the anti-immigration extremists that have targeted migrants in recent months.

But it is likely to trigger a clash with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s federal government, which has moved to speed up deportations in the wake of a deadly terrorist attack on a Christmas market last month.

Click on the player above to watch the report by FRANCE 24’s Clément Bonnerot.
 

Date created : 2017-01-13

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