Lacking opportunities at home, many young Africans embark on a difficult journey north to Europe. They hope to get good jobs there. But often they are kidnapped by people smugglers and robbed.
Chancellor Merkel is headed for Algeria to find ways to boost trade with the Mediterranean nation. But the complicated issue of migration will loom over her talks as Berlin looks for ways to stem irregular migration.
In its efforts to staunch the flow of migrants from Africa, Germany sees Niger as a key partner. But it risks supporting a president who is becoming increasingly authoritarian, warns DW's Thomas Mösch.
A Paris-based Ivorian refugee retraced the dangerous route he took through Africa to escape civil war and produced Revenir, eye-opening documentary screened at the African Film Festival in Cologne.
False rumors about a safe passage to Europe have drawn a large number of migrants to Agadez – even from far-away Asian countries. This is putting pressure on the city as well as on migrant organizations on the ground.
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