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ATHENS, Greece – The Latest on the flow of people into Europe (all times local):
The government coordinator for migrant issues in Germany is calling for the country to step up deportations of those whose asylum applications have been rejected, saying it would be realistic to double last year's numbers of those sent home.
Peter Altmaier was quoted Saturday as telling the Funke Media group of newspapers that 22,200 migrants were deported from Germany last year and 37,220 returned home voluntarily.
He said "a realistic benchmark for 2016 would be a doubling of these numbers — that's where the states must take action."
Germany saw 1.1 million migrants enter the country last year and has been working to speed up the process of either granting them asylum or sending them home if they don't qualify for it.
Greece's coast guard says at least five migrants have drowned in the eastern Aegean Sea after a small plastic boat capsized.
The five victims, four women and a child, were found around dawn Saturday northeast of the Greek island of Samos, close to the Turkish coast. A coast guard spokeswoman says there were also five survivors: two women, two men and a child.
The spokeswoman spoke on customary condition of anonymity. She says the coast guard has no information about the ages and nationalities of the migrants or the children's gender.
The survivors, who are in a state of shock, told authorities a total of 11 people were aboard the 3.5-meter boat.
Migrant flows into Greece have slowed considerably recently following an EU-Turkey deal to deport migrants from Greek islands.