Germany is trying to induce more migrants to return home by paying their travel fees and in some circumstances giving them start-up cash for when they get back.

Most money is paid out by the REAG/GARP return programme, described as a "humanitarian aid programme" by the government, which is run in co-operation with the IOM.

Even people with open asylum applications can apply, Spiegel Online reported on Thursday - not just those whose applications have been refused.

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