The Danish government is proposing to reduce the birth rate in Africa by curbing immigration to Europe.
Last week, at a summit in London, Ms Ulla Tørnæs, the Danish Minister for Cooperation and Development promised a commitment from her country to support contraceptive policies in Africa with an amount of 91 million crowns millions of dollars.
Denmark has long been hailed for its support in the field of birth control in developing countries. Nevertheless, Minister Ulla Tørnæs acknowledged last week that this “symbolic sterilization” promoted by Denmark is not only for altruistic purposes. Indeed, in filigree, lies the preponderant question of the immigration of the Africans towards Europe.
Reducing births in Africa to curb immigration to Europe
In a press release on the sidelines of the summit, the Danish minister said: ” To mitigate migration pressure on Europe, part of the solution is to reduce the very high population growth in many African countries “. She added that Danish foreign policy and security depended on the reduction of the African population.
According to statistics from the Danish Ministry of Immigration, Integration and Housing, the number of asylum seekers in Denmark has increased from 14,792 in 2014 to 21,316 in 2015 out of a total population of 5.7 million ‘inhabitants.
At the G20 summit on July 7 and 8, French President Emmanuel Macron, replying to questions from an Ivorian journalist on French development aid, replied: ” When countries still have today Seven to eight children per woman, you can decide to spend billions of euros, you will not stabilize anything, “he said, evoking civilizational problems.
These comments had been controversial by Africans on social networks. Some recalled the colonial legacy of France, which continues in particular through the presence of the Catholic Church, which has always opposed contraception, favoring high birth rates and scourges such as HIV / AIDS throughout the country. continent.