“As Africa’s population doubles a lot of them will be coming to Europe…We’ll need their youthful energy to do stuff”
Speaking to the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence on the 14th of December, 2017 is Jamie Drummond, Executive Director of ONE, “on the roles of ONE in ending extreme poverty and the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals”.
Drummond co-founded ONE with Bono and other activists.
“As Africa’s population doubles, a lot of them, whatever the circumstances, will becoming to Europe as economic migrants or as refugees. They will be coming — many of them and that is a good thing if they come into a place with an open mind and those economies are doing well because we will be senile. We will be senescent demographically. We’ll need their youthful energy to do stuff. So, that is just what the economic statistics tell you and the demographic data demands, you know…and demography is destiny. Europe and Africa are going to have a very close 21st century. The question is what kind of closeness will it be….and these kinds of investments through the aid program but also into people’s minds and ideas about who we are gives less succour to the xenophobes and populists who will otherwise do very well in the political climate over the next couple of decades if we don’t get this right…and I think we should all be quite worried quite frankly if we don’t make these investments and we don’t also make the investments not just in aid but in other policies like transparency. People need to see that the system is fair and it is delivering both within countries and regionally.”
You might remember that Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes has made similar remarks in an article he wrote for the Irish Times:
Europe is getting older, less competitive and emerging from the financial crisis at a much slower pace in comparison to the US. In any understanding of the real problems that confront Europe, from slowing growth to demographic pressures, it is obvious that the EU needs to attract people from outside of Europe to Europe. That’s either going to be done in a planned way or in a chaotic way, as is happening now.
Ireland is a case in point. Twenty years ago we had a labour force of 1.1 million people. That nearly doubled as the economy grew to two million people at work. The amazing turn around in Ireland’s economic performance, even with the economic crises, could not have happened without inward migration. If Europe wants the very social market economy continuing for future generations, then increasing our population is a crucial requirement.
I am not suggesting for a moment that we have an open door policy. That would be as irresponsible as doing nothing. But we must recognise that population growth in Africa over the next 30 years will see an additional billion people being born in that continent. That’s twice the size of Europe. By 2050 the population of Nigeria in 10 years could be over 400 million people. The pressures of population growth in other parts of the world will inevitably bring more people to Europe. We need to turn it to our advantage.
More info here: https://www.politicalirish.com/threads/bonos-ngo-one-aims-to-facilitate-the-mass-immigration-of-africas-doubling-population-into-europe.24556/
Dated: Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Defence debate – Thursday, 14 Dec 2017