The refugee coordinator of the German government has called on the states to deport more rejected asylum-seekers. He also defended the EU-Turkey migrant deal, which has been slammed by human rights agencies.

Peter Altmaier told newspapers of the Funke Media group that German states should be trying in 2016 to double the number of deportations of asylum-seekers whose application have been rejected.

"Last year, we had 37,220 voluntary returnees and 22,200 deportees," he said. "A realistic dimension for 2016 would be a doubling of these figures. That's where the states must take action."

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