French President Emmanuel Macron this summer ended up in the middle of a political storm — with accusations of “racism” — for saying that women “with seven or eight children” are responsible for the current condition of the African continent, thus creating a challenge, according to Macron, that is “civilizational”.
The United Nations states that Macron is right. According to the UN’s annual demographic report, “World Population Prospects,” one-sixth of the world’s population currently lives in Africa. By 2050, the proportion will be one-quarter, and at the end of the century — when Africa will have four billion people — one-third.
In Africa today, there are four times more births than deaths. According to figures for 2017, the total fertility rate is 4.5 children per woman, against 1.6 in Europe. During the next thirty years, the population of Africa is expected to increase by one billion. It is not hard to imagine how mass illegal immigration will affect Europe through such unprecedented demographic pressure. African demography has already begun pressing on the “old continent”.
When Germany recently opened its doors to over a million people from the Middle East, Asia and Africa, supporters of open borders repeatedly said that a million migrants are nothing in a European population of 500 million people. That, however, was the wrong comparison. The right comparison is between recent arrivals and new births. In 2015 and 2016, 5.1 million children were born in Europe. In the same period, according to a Pew Research Center report, approximately 2.5 million migrants reached Europe. And, as many countries, such as France, refuse to list the new births according to ethnic origin, there is no way to know how many of Europe’s births can be attributed to Muslim communities.