Africa's migration to Europe and North America should be seen as a positive phenomenon, not as a threat, the billionaire quoted by Sudan Mo Ibrahim said on Sunday.
Experts said at a weekend conference organized by the Ibrahim Foundation in Abidjan, the Ivory Coast, that Africans make up about 14% of the global migrant population, with a significantly lower share of 41% in Asia and 23% in Europe.
"Migration is healthy. It's not a disease, "Ibrahim told the Associated Press in an interview. "Migration is about aspirations, not despair. People who migrate are mostly capable, ambitious young people who migrate to work and build successful lives. They add wealth to the countries they go. "
Ibrahim also reported statistical data to kill anti-migrant politicians who say that Africans flooded Europe.
"Europe is not flooded by Africans," Ibrahim said, referring to statistical data showing that 70% of African migrants moved to Africa.
A 72-year-old philanthropist has gained wealth by establishing Celtel's mobile network across Africa.
She now lives in Britain and says that African countries should have better opportunities for education and employment for their youth.
– Breeding should be sexy. It should be considered profitable and productive, not the back, "Ibrahim said. "Yes, IT and technology are important, but agriculture is the way to the future of Africa."
The Ibrahim Foundation is publishing the annual index and awarding leadership awards in promoting good governance in Africa.