Denmark’s contraception aid to Africa ‘to limit migration’Denmark’s government has been the most immigration skeptical government in Western Europe for most of this century.
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Denmark has pledged more funds for family planning in developing nations, saying this could also help “limit the migration pressure on Europe”.
The Minister for Development Co-operation, Ulla Tornaes, said Copenhagen would contribute 91m kroner (£11m; $14m) for the programme. She said unwanted pregnancies had “enormous” human and social costs in the world’s poorest nations. But she added that limiting Africa’s population growth was also important. …
She then referred specifically to Africa, saying that curtailing the continent’s population growth by increasing access to contraception and family planning was an important foreign and security policy priority for the Danish government. “If the population growth in Africa continues as now, the African population will double from 1.2 billion people to 2.5 billion people by 2050,” Ms Tornaes said.
“Part of the solution to reducing migratory pressures on Europe is to reduce the very high population growth in many African countries.”
Denmark, like a number of other EU nations, has in recent years been under pressure to deal with a rising number of asylum seekers and immigrants arriving in Europe. …
In January 2016, the Danish parliament backed a controversial proposal to confiscate asylum seekers’ valuables to pay for their upkeep – a move criticised by the UN.