Well, this is certainly a 180-degree turn for former Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates.
The billionaire philanthropist Gates recently spoke with German newspaper Welt am Sonntag concerning the topic of migrants flooding into Europe over the last few years.
While Gates still believes in the acceptance of migrants into different countries, he's changed his tune slightly by suggesting that the European Union (EU) try a different approach to the refugee crisis.
According to the English newspaper Express, Gates said that the EU must make it “more difficult for Africans to reach the continent [Europe] via the current transit routes” while also relieving “enormous pressure” by sending foreign aid.
A move like this would not only ease the pressure on EU countries taking in hoards of migrants, but it would also preserve the population in African countries while those countries receive financial aid.
According to Breitbart, who translated Gates' comment from Welt am Sonntag, the tech billionaire also said:
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, massive number of people who are wanting to make their way to Europe.
It’s one thing to give humanitarian aid, but it’s a complete other thing for a country to abandon its culture just so they can be viewed as “tolerant.”
Professor of demography at Oxford University David Coleman said in 2013 that by 2066, “foreign-born and non-white residents” of the UK “will outnumber white Britons.”
Essentially, with the migrant boom continuing at the rate it’s currently at, natives to Britain will be the minority in 49 years time.
With Gates’ assertion that the EU should provide more financial aid to countries of people wanting to leave for EU countries, this could stem the influx of migrants into said countries while still providing assistance to those in need.