Bill Gates: Make It More Difficult For Africans To Reach Europe

Why did Gates donate hundreds of millions of dollars to fight poverty and disease in Africa if "the more generous you are, the more word gets around and motivates more people"?


The richest man in the world with assets worth $85.9 billion, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates — who distorted international development priorities and promoted corporate globalization through the immense wealth and influence of his Seattle-based Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — has urged European leaders to “make it more difficult for Africans to reach Europe” and spending more on foreign aid to treat the deepening the “migrant crisis threatening to overwhelm the continent”.

There could be up to 6.6 million people trying to enter Europe, including 2.5 million waiting to cross from North Africa. In an interview with Welt am Sonntag, the German newspaper, Gates warned:

“On the one hand you want to demonstrate generosity and take in refugees. But the more generous you are, the more word gets around about this — which in turn motivates more people to leave Africa. Germany cannot possibly take in the huge number of people who want to make their way to Europe. [Therefore] Europe must make it more difficult for Africans to reach the continent via the current transit routes.”

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has donated $36 billion to fund health, development and education projects and help extremely poor families in sub-Saharan Africa. So when Bill Gates says “the more generous you are, the more word gets around, and motivates more people”, why doesn’t he stop being generous in Africa?

The Backdrop

Tensions are rising over Europe’s migrant crisis, with Austrian Defence Minister Hans Peter Doskozil saying recently that his country would close its border with Italy, and send soldiers to guard it if there was no slowdown in arrivals.

Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz echoed Doskozil’s sentiments: “We are getting ready and will protect our Brenner border [main mountain pass through the Alps between Italy and Austria] if necessary”.

Italy’s Interior Minister Marco Minniti was “frankly surprised” by Doskozil’s threat considering “there is clearly no emergency at the Brenner Pass and cooperation with the Austrian police works perfectly”.

Minniti slammed the threat as “an unjustified and unprecedented initiative”, which would “impact security cooperation” between the two countries “if not immediately corrected”.

GatesGates’ comments came as Minniti held emergency talks with his French and German counterparts over the migrant crisis. Italy, which has taken in nearly 85% of this year’s arrivals, has pleaded for help from other European Union nations saying it is struggling to cope. After Italy issued a drastic threat to close its own ports to the migrant boats, Minniti called on EU neighbors to open their ports to rescue ships picking up migrants.

The UN figures show that between January 1 and July 3, more than 85,000 migrants landed in Italy (largely from North Africa), nearly 9,300 in Greece, nearly 6,500 in Spain and over 270 in Cyprus. While the numbers arriving in 2017 are staggering, they remain far below last year’s figures. During the same period in 2016, 231,503 people crossed the European borders.

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  1. Actually Gates is not entirely wrong. Encouraging Africans to leave Africa means diverting young energy away from solving African problems. Yes it helps those individuals and in an ideal world with full economic justice, free borders would be great. But the reality is that Africa faces enormous challenges and only a younger generation of Africans can solve those.


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