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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.

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.

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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.
 

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