Merkel Expects Migrants Will Return Home When Wars End

More than 1M asylum seekers came to Germany last year
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 30, 2016 3:25 PM CST
The lifeless body of a migrant boy lies on the beach near the Aegean town of Ayvacik, Canakkale, Turkey, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. A boat carrying migrants to Greece hit rocks off the Turkish coast on...   (Halit Onur Sandal)
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(Newser) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she expects many of the refugees who have flooded into Germany from war-torn countries like Syria to eventually return home once the hostilities end, the AP reports. Speaking Saturday to members of her Christian Democratic Party in the northeastern city of Neubrandenburg, Merkel said that many of the 1.1 million asylum seekers who entered Germany last year would return home, as was Germany's experience with refugees from the Balkans in the 1990s. "We expect that if there's peace again in Syria, if IS is defeated in Iraq, then they will return to their homelands with the knowledge they have gained here," she says.

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