German Justice Minister Heiko Maas said on Wednesday more foreign criminals would be deported as new restrictions announced for refugees who are blamed of sexual assults on women in Cologne.
Recently, Maas and Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere drafted plans on Tuesday to speed up the deportation of foreigners who commit an illegal act such as physical and sexual assaults, resist police or damage property- crimes which don't cause deportation under current law.
"There will certainly be more deportation orders as a result of changes to the law because we are lowering the requirements for a deportation," Maas told German television channel ARD.
He also added that Germany would not deport refugees who come from war-torn countries or where they could face the death penalty or persecution.
More than 600 criminal complaints were recorded related to assaults on women in Cologne and other German cities in New Years Eve.
German federal police had identified 32 people who were responsible for the assaults on women, 22 of them were seeking asylum in Germany.