German Chancellor Angela Merkel has started her tour of North Africa where she is set to discuss migration and development in the region. Activists have called on her to also address human rights abuses.
As part of her push to limit migrant flows to Europe through North Africa, German Chancellor Angela Merkel landed in Egypt on Thursday for a meeting with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.
With Germany’s September election fast approaching, and the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) still likely to enter parliament, Merkel is facing ever-growing pressure at home to reduce the number of asylum-seekers coming to Germany. Since 2015, the country has taken in more than 1 million migrants.
Public fears in Germany have been heightened as a result of several jihadi attacks last year, especially the deadly truck attack at a Berlin Christmas market in December, which was attributed to Tunisian immigrant Anis Amri.
A year earlier, mass sexual assaults against women by large groups of mostly North African men in the western city of Cologne also fueled concerns.