Denmark to aid family planning ‘to limit migration’13/07/17Government
Denmark has pledged more funding for family planning in developing nations, stating this could also help “limit the migration pressure on Europe”.
The Minister for Development Co-operation, Ulla Tornæs, said Copenhagen would contribute DKK 91m (~€12.5m) for the programme.
She said unwanted pregnancies had “enormous” human and social costs in the world’s poorest nations.
However, she added that limiting Africa’s population growth was also important.
Speaking at a conference in London, UK, on 11 July, Tornæs said 225 million women in the world’s poorest countries do not currently have access to family planning.
“Unwanted pregnancies have enormous human costs in developing countries – from very young women who must give up their basic education, to maternal mortality.”
Tornæs said this “also has large social costs, where many countries’ development step is limited by high population growth”.
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,” Tornæs said.
“Part of the solution to reducing migratory pressures on Europe is to reduce the very high population growth in many African countries.”