The leader of Germany’s right-wing populist AfD party has called for failed asylum seekers to be housed on islands outside Europe.
Frauke Petry also told Germany’s Bild newspaper that the country’s refugee office should be turned into an emigration bureau.
German media believe she meant the Pacific islands of Nauru and Manus, used by Australia for asylum camps.
Its Eurosceptic, anti-migrant message has propelled it to third place in opinion polls, behind the two parties in the governing coalition.
“Illegal migrants and asylum seekers whose applications are rejected will be accommodated on the two islands outside Europe that are protected by the United Nations,” Ms Petry said, without naming the islands.
Germany’s refugee office has struggled to cope with record numbers of refugees from war-torn countries like Syria. It recorded its highest net immigration of foreign nationals in 2015, totalling more than 1.1 million for the year.
“I propose the transformation of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees into an office for emigration, which ensures that all illegal migrants leave this land as soon as possible,” Ms Petry said.
The AfD, or Alternative for Germany, suffered a crisis last month when it split in a row over anti-Semitism.
It had come under fire earlier this year when it said that there was “no place for Islam” in Germany in its manifesto.