Speaking to the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade and Defence is Jamie Drummond, Executive Director of ONE. Drummond co-founded ONE with Bono and other activists.
Here's the transcript:
"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."
The ONE Campaign spent $37.4 million in 2015.
The ONE Campaign spent 83% of its budget on raising public awareness and lobbying policy makers.
It spent 13.5% Management and Administration Costs.
It spent 3.2% Fundraising Costs.
That is a very low amount spent on fundraising costs for an NGO and the reason is because ONE does not solicit funding from the general public. It does not have to.
The ONE Campaign is funded by a combination of foundations, individual philanthropists and corporations.
Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes has made similar remarks in an article he wrote for the Irish Times in 2015:
"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.
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