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Germany passes stricter laws on asylum seekers

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Europe   The legislation was already agreed in February

The German Federal Parliament (Bundestag) has passed new laws which provide stricter rules on refugee deportation, monitoring and personal data access, local media reported Friday.

The laws, passed on Thursday evening, are aimed at rejected asylum seekers that pose a security risk to the country.

The laws will allow German officials to deport rejected asylum seekers more quickly and more regularly, and would improve "enforcement of deportation rulings", according to the Bundestag.

Deportation can now be imposed on rejected asylum seekers whether they can be re-expatriated within three months or not.

The authorities will also have the right to detain asylum seekers for a maximum of 10 days (previously four) if they suspect the individual to be a security threat.

The new legislation was already agreed in February, however Chancellor Merkel, her CDU Party and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) agreed to make several stricter amends just before the new legislation went to vote.

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