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Putting a curb on immigration

As a haven, West Germany has many attractions. The country is relatively safe and stable. It offers steady growth, low inflation and generous welfare programs. Best of all, the Federal Republic has an unusually liberal asylum law that was adopted in 1949 to accommodate Germans fleeing East European Communist rule. Small wonder that roughly 245 refugees, mostly from the Middle East, Iran and the Indian subcontinent, arrive each day. The sharply rising flood of immigrants, however, has set off cries of protest from West Germans.

Last week Chancellor Helmut Kohl announced measures designed to discourage immigration. Airline companies will risk fines...

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