Germany recorded a bounce in the birth rate in 2016, official statistics show, hitting a 43-year high helped along by large numbers of recently-arrived migrants.
Proposals to connect several large EU immigration databases pose various risks for human rights, the bloc's Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) warns.
Almost one million asylum applications were pending at the end of 2017, with Germany accounting for 48 per cent of the total figure.
Angela Merkel has been sworn in for a fourth term as German chancellor, after months of political wrangling that left her weakened.
Angela Merkel’s five-month marathon for a fourth term is nearing an end with two thirds of the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) members backing a return to power.