Up to 100 million Africans could be set to make a move to Germany to escape economic and climate changes, warned German Development Minister Gerd Muller
Muller, a member of the Christian Social Union stated that the migrant wave could occur due to a poor economic outlook in Africa, and would be worsened if climate goals aren’t met. He proposes large-scale investment if Africa and raising wages for workers as a possible solution.
“If we continue as before, people in many parts of Africa have no other chance than to get to us,” Muller said to German tabloid Bild am Sonntag. “If we do not manage to limit global warming to two degrees, up to 100 million people will move north in the future.”
“If an Apple phone is sold here for 800 euros, it must be ensured that decent wages are paid in the coltan mines in the Congo and environmental standards are applied,” Muller continued.
According to the Daily Caller:
Germany is making a push to promote peace and investment in Africa at the G20 summit in Hamburg in July.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with African leaders Monday in Berlin to discuss future “reform partnerships.” The chancellor vowed to invest 300 million euros ($335 million) to help governments manage the refugee flows.
“By working together with you for your countries, we will create more security for ourselves and put people smugglers out of business,” Merkel said, the Associated Press reports.