Danish minister Ulla Tornaes’s remarks on emigration insulting

Danish Development Co-operation minister Ulla Tornaes’ statement that Africa needs more contraceptives to curb emigrants trying to reach Europe (DN, July 14) was insulting.

The minister, and Denmark, seem to harbour a deep disdain for African people and see them as lesser beings.

It is a fact that the number of Africans emigrating to Europe has increased in recent years.

However, it is one thing to say Africa needs more contraceptives to address a ballooning population — projected to hit 2.5 billion by 2050 — and another altogether to say it is only Africans who emigrate to Europe.


From the European Union statistics, more than 1,321,560 people migrated to Europe in 2015, some enduring painful journeys and employing all manner of tricks to reach there.

Some have not been lucky as more and more deaths at sea continue to be reported.

But who constitutes the highest number of emigrants to Europe?


The EU says Syrians (350,000) outnumber the rest of the world by far, followed by Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Albania, Pakistan, Eritrea, Nigeria, Iran and Ukraine. Only two African countries are in the top 10 list.

If all the immigrants were given contraceptives, will they stop emigrating to Europe?

Denmark needs to apologise to all African people for demeaning them in that statement.


Denmark seems to harbour a deep disdain for African people and see them as lesser beings.

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