When the first charter plane for rejected Tunisian asylum seekers took off in Leipzig on April 8th 2016, the German Interior Ministry hoped that discussion over faster deportations to North Africa would start to quieten down.

Shortly before, Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière had agreed to work with the Tunisian government and set up chartered planes with a maximum of 25 people per flight.

By the end of the year, there were just five further flights, with an average of 12 Tunisians on board.

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