Germany already preparing refugee return agreements

Syrian refugees arrive at the camp for refugees and migrants in Friedland, Germany April 4, 2016. (Reuters pic)

BERLIN: Germany’s interior ministry is already working on preparing agreements with other European Union countries to return refugees to the countries in which they first registered their asylum claims, a ministry spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer is due to travel to Vienna on Wednesday, where he will hold talks with Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, and Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban is scheduled to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.

Ministry spokeswoman Eleonore Petermann added that there was as yet no timetable for the signing of any agreements.