Germany sent more than 8000 asylum-seekers to other EU states

The bulk of those deported was sent to Italy, while Hungary received none of the refugees

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In accordance to the EU's Dublin III rule, Germany deported 8,658 asylum-seekers to other EU countries in the first eleven months of 2018 - a significant increase from 7,102 refugees transferred in 2017, Sueddeutsche Zeitung reports quoting data from country's interior ministry. 

This means that the proportion of completed transfers from Germany to other EU countries saw a rise from 15.1 percent in 2017 to 24.5 percent in 2018.

According to the information Italy was the first destination for deported asylum-seekers, with almost one in three being sent there. In the meantime, Hungary received none of the refugees deported in 2018. Greece took in only five and rejected the vast majority of requests that were made. Germany's Interior Ministry noted that it found Athen's reasons for not accepting more refugees "predominantly unfounded."

The increase of transferred asylum-seekers under the EU's Dublin rules, which state that applications must be processed in the first country of arrival, comes after Germany's Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has taken a hard line on refugees since he took up his post last year.

As a partner in the coalition government with Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, Seehofer spent a big part of 2018 fighting with Merkel, and threatening to resign, over her refugee policy. In the end they, for the sake of the coalition, they reached a compromise that allowed for tougher border controls at Germany’s southern border.  The interior ministry also upped its encouragement for migrants to return to their country of origin in the run up to Christmas 2018, with a poster campaign in Arabic, Russian, French, and English offering an extra amount of financial assistance for people voluntarily going back to their home countries.

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