End smuggling and slavery, allow legal migration for Africans : Angela Merkel

End smuggling and slavery, allow legal migration for Africans : Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday stressed the importance of ending smuggling and slavery while creating a legal route for Africans to come...

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday stressed the importance of ending smuggling and slavery while creating a legal route for Africans to come to Europe as she faces pressure at home to tackle a migrant influx.

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza during the fourth EU-Africa summit

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza during the fourth EU-Africa summit

Speaking at an EU-Africa summit in Abidjan, Merkel is seeking to show Germany can take foreign policy action despite still being under a caretaker government two months after an election.

The influx of more than a million migrants since mid-2015, many of them fleeing the Middle East and Africa, was largely to blame for the rise of the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) in the Sept. 24 election.

By taking votes from Merkel’s conservative bloc and others, they surged into parliament for the first time, leaving Merkel facing complicated coalition arithmetic.

 

Story Source : https://www.reuters.com/article/us-africa-eu-summit-merkel/merkel-end-smuggling-and-slavery-allow-legal-migration-for-africans-idUSKBN1DT1G8

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