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Georgia: Merkel in favour of designating Georgia as 'safe country'01:59

Georgia: Merkel in favour of designating Georgia as 'safe country'

Georgia, Tbilisi
August 23, 2018 at 23:28 GMT +00:00 · Published

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that she supports the idea to designate Georgia a safe country of origin, when speaking at a joint press conference with Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze in Tbilisi on Thursday.

Merkel pointed out that "since the European Union liberalised visas for Georgians, Germany has seen a rise in the number of asylum applicants from the country."

However, she said that the acceptance rate for them is "very low."

If implemented, Georgian asylum-seekers will find it harder to receive a refugee states in Germany. It would also make it easier for Berlin to send back rejected asylum-seekers.

Merkel is presently on a three-day visit to the South Caucasus region.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that she supports the idea to designate Georgia a safe country of origin, when speaking at a joint press conference with Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze in Tbilisi on Thursday.

Merkel pointed out that "since the European Union liberalised visas for Georgians, Germany has seen a rise in the number of asylum applicants from the country."

However, she said that the acceptance rate for them is "very low."

If implemented, Georgian asylum-seekers will find it harder to receive a refugee states in Germany. It would also make it easier for Berlin to send back rejected asylum-seekers.

Merkel is presently on a three-day visit to the South Caucasus region.

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