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Danish Family Planning Aid Will Help ‘Limit Migration’ Of Africans To Europe, Development Minister Says

BBC News: Denmark’s contraception aid to Africa ‘to limit migration’
“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 Tørnæs, said Copenhagen would contribute 91m kroner (£11m; $14m) for the program. 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…” (7/12).

Foreign Policy: Danes Tout Family Planning Aid to Africa to ‘Limit Migration’ to Europe
“…To be sure, Tørnæs stressed the traditional arguments for support for family planning at the [London Family Planning Summit], emphasizing a ‘developmental perspective’ and economic results of family planning with a humanitarian concern for the rights of women and girls over their own bodies, underscoring the growing population of refugees and displaced peoples. … While Denmark’s willingness to underwrite family planning has never been in doubt, the unprecedented influx of migrants — and Tørnæs’ frank admission about the national security motivations behind such efforts — may make clear just what’s behind some of Europe’s apparent good will…” (Bergin, 7/12).

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