Germany is the first destination for asylum seekers in Europe.
The German government announced that for the first time last year it had deported more asylum-seekers to other EU countries than it had received.
German Interior Minister Steve Alter said Germany had deported 9209 people in 2018 under EU regulations, which require asylum applications in the first country the migrants seek to protect upon arrival in Europe.
Germany received 7,580 people from other European Union countries under the same regulations last year.
But the process of receiving and deporting was disproportionately in 2016, when Germany deported 3,968 asylum seekers to other parts of the European Union but received 1,209 people from other countries.
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More than a million migrants have applied for asylum in Germany since 2015, but Berlin has tightened its asylum laws and has tried to deport more immigrants after they have put pressure on the government of Angela Merkel.