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Merkel announces aid package for Niger to stem migrant flow

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) meets with Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger at the presidential palace in Niamey on October 10, 2016German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday announced a 27-million-euro aid package for Niger, her second stop in a three-nation Africa tour aimed at fighting terrorism and stemming the migrant influx to Europe. Merkel also promised 17 million euros as development aid for Niger’s arid and desperately impoverished Agadez region in the north in a bid to fight migration to Europe. Niger is a key transit point for people from sub-Saharan Africa who try to cross the Mediterranean to enter Europe.

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