German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said on Wednesday he does not expect there to be a repeat of the situation in Germany last year, when migrants were arriving in large numbers and that border controls should remain in place.

Security concerns have grown since about a million, mainly Muslim, migrants arrived in 2015, boosting the popularity of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) and eroding support for Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU).

"We agree that in late summer and autumn last year we had a special situation," de Maiziere told delegates at a conference of the Christian Social Union (CSU), the Bavarian party long at odds with its sister party, the CDU, over how to tackle the migrant influx.

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