Germany begins border controls in lead up to G20 summit

Frederick Owens
June 12, 2017

Front from left, the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, the Chairman of the African Union and President of Guinea, Alpha Conde, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the President of Tunisia, Beji Caid Essebsi, pose for a photo during the conference "G20 Africa Partnership - Investing in a Common Future" in Berlin, Germany, Monday, June 12, 2017.

"Germany and Italy are strongly backing this in the European Union", he said. Economic gains in Africa, where the population is expected to double by 2050, were helped Europe, where a growing number of African migrants are seeking refuge.

According to statistics, Germany has taken in more than a million asylum seekers since 2015.

Many hundreds of thousands of migrants have arrived in Italy in recent years aboard boats that set sail from North Africa.

More than 100 banks, companies and other potential investors are attending.

The ministry said in a statement that the measures are created to prevent people planning violence from entering the country.

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He said that, "understandably the youths are willing to risk everything to earn a decent living", and "taking harrowing risks around the Mediterranean, trying to reach a better life".

Critics have dismissed the latest multilateral Africa initiative as a half-hearted effort without a major aid commitment, but organisers say it could help boost prosperity and reduce the mass flight and brain drain.

Merkel previous year visited major transit countries Mali and Niger as well as Ethiopia, the seat of the African Union, and pledged 27 million euros ($30 million) in aid aiming to stop migrants heading for Europe in the first place. It said Tunisia, Ivory Coast and Ghana "stand out by virtue of their reform-oriented policies".

"We need a sustainable, inclusive economic development for the whole world", she said.

The conference will discuss a G20 initiative which aims to promote private investment in general and investment in infrastructure in Africa. "Companies are doing well in Africa and not only in extractive industries".

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