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German Chancellor and chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union party, Angela Merkel, arrives for a party board leaders' meeting at the headquarters in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. Media reported that Merkel will run for a fourth four-year-term to become one of the longest-serving leaders of post-war Germany. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Angela Merkel expects 100,000 migrants to leave Germany in 2017


German Chancellor Angela Merkel plans for 100,000 migrants to leave Germany in 2017, more than half of them voluntarily. That leaves room for 40,000 to be deported, according to German newspaper Salzburger Nachrichten.

Merkel, who recently announced she was running for a fourth term, said at a regional conference on Friday that deportations would make other migrants more likely to leave on their own.

The context

The German response to the refugee crisis has been one of Merkel's most controversial stances. Germany has accepted hundreds of thousands of refugees from the Middle East and North Africa.

In 2015, more than one million migrants and asylum seekers came to Germany, The Guardian reports. The German Interior Ministry said 20,000 migrants had left the country by October 2016.

Some mistakenly reported that 100,000 would be deported.

Merkel's critics said the move was not enough.

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