2/10/17, "Merkel offers cash handouts worth millions of pounds for migrants to return home in an embarrassing U-turn," Daily Mail, by Mario Ledwith Brussels Correspondent For The Daily Mail
"The German chancellor agreed measures to speed up deportation. An estimated 450,000 rejected migrants are set to be sent home. Scheme includes £76million ($95 million US dollars) of cash incentives to leave voluntarily"
"Angela Merkel will offer cash handouts worth millions of pounds for migrants to leave Germany in an effort to silence criticism of her ‘open-door’ border policy.
In a highly-embarrassing U-turn over the ill-fated plan, which saw 1.2 million migrants flock to the country, Mrs Merkel has now vowed to send many of them home.
Of the 170,000 applications that were rejected last year, 55,000 decided to leave voluntarily and a further 26,000 were repatriated."
Officials believe that the total number of failed asylum seekers could reach 450,000 by the end of the year if the proposed measures are not pushed through.
While unlikely to fall foul of EU laws, the measures will trouble officials in Brussels who expressed concerns this week that some member states were turning their backs on migrants.
In a further departure, Germany also looked headed for another collision with the EU after announcing plans to cut child benefits for EU migrants yesterday.
It wants to follow concessions previously won by the UK to cut its large bill for children who reside in their home country but whose parents work in the Germany, saving around £136 million per year.
A shock poll last week revealed that Miss Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party had fallen behind in the polls for the first time in seven years.
Former Brussels chief Martin Schulz, whose re-energsed Social Democrats will be Miss Merkel’s main rivals in the upcoming election, is understood to support the deportation measures.
But Miss Merkel will noenetheless want to ensure their implementation to in an attempt to put forward a tough stance on immigration and ensure success at the polls once again."