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As concern about security and migration unfolds, Germany gives out millions of dollars

German Minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen (R) leaves the Aibus 340 of the German air force together with Florian Hahn (L), a member of the parliament, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, Nigeria, 18 December 2016. The plane could not continue the journey after a defect.

Abuja – Most of Europe is deeply troubled and concerned about illegal but necessary migration from Africa, notably Nigeria, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Mauritania.

While several countries in Europe viewed this concern as serious, Germany is more anxious and unease with the wave of migration and is therefore willing to do something about it.

Migrants crisis in Europe

The German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen visited Nigeria last week to pledge 4.2 million euros (4.4 million dollars) in military aid aimed at stemming migration from Africa into Europe.

African migrants crossing into Europe

The German defense minister visited the Nigerian capital Abuja to begin the handover of German equipment, including three radar stations, 180 mine detectors and a mobile field clinic, to Nigeria, where Boko Haram militants have killed hundreds of people.

Political and diplomatic analysts say, the Germany’s defense aid initiative is part of a policy to stem migratory flows from Africa into Europe.

“Many people leave Nigeria to flee from terror,” von der Leyen said. “It is thus in our common interest that terror is fought against.”

The assistance to Nigeria formed part of Germany’s policy of encouraging partner countries in crisis regions to seek stability and security.

Germany has allocated 230 million euros towards this goal in 2016 and 2017 in countries including Jordan, Tunisia, Nigeria, Niger, and Mali.

 

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Michael Harrington

Michael Harrington is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.

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