After opening the doors to Germany for migrant workers in 2015, Angela Merkel has now cut a deal with Egypt to stem the tide of migrants and refugees headed to Deutschland. The question is, will this be enough to end Germany’s immigration nightmare, or will these measures be swamped by an inevitable wave of new migrants?
The arrival in Germany of a million refugees over the last two years, mainly from Syria and Iraq, opened deep rifts in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party and is becoming a campaign theme ahead of a Sept. 24 national election.
Merkel and the European Union have already sealed a migrants deal with Turkey to stem the flow from the Middle East and her spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said the Egypt deal would “fight illegal immigration and the criminal smuggling of people”.
“Under this agreement, there are a number of measures for political and economic support so that a better climate and better living conditions can be achieved for refugees in Egypt,” Seibert told a regular government news conference in Berlin.
“Together, we will set up a center for jobs, migration and reintegration”, he added. This center would be in Egypt, a transit country for migrants striving to reach Europe.
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