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Embattled Merkel calls for migrant deals with third countries

(L-R) Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern pose for a family photo after a meeting on the Balkan migrant route into the EU in Vienna on September 24, 2016German Chancellor Angela Merkel, under fire at home over her refugees policy, called Saturday for Europe to secure deals with third countries to send back migrants who do not qualify for asylum. Speaking after talks in Vienna with leaders along the Balkan migrants trail into Europe, Merkel said the continent must “stop illegal immigration while living up to our humanitarian responsibilities”. To this end “it is necessary to get agreements with third countries, especially in Africa but also Pakistan and Afghanistan… so that it becomes clear that those with no right to stay in Europe can go back to their home countries,” she told reporters.

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