The local underestimation on government record is deliberate, by appearing smaller in number, they can extract more Western resources because coping.
Africa will continue to be a problem, probably the world’s biggest demographic problem (everybody’s problem), for at least the majority of this century. Yes, century, due to demo momentum.
There is plenty of arable land and resources… and the Chinese are greedily trying to buy these up. I suggest we shift White Man’s Burden onto these Asians who want to profiteer from Africa, wash our hands of the issue once and for all. Let them sort it out, they bought a lemon with those tenants. Most illegal immigrants to Europe are able, young male workers, but Africa doesn’t have any to spare (and those are the best they have, which says something).
Africa is a much larger landmass than we’ve all been led to believe, the maps we grew up with were corrected to fit well on maps and children’s globes (for memory) and make the oceans appear proportional to their real size, as a consequence Africa has been vastly under-depicted. The NGOs have kept this lie because it’s hard to ask for money to give to an entire continent which dwarfs your own and, rightly, should be the ones supporting you instead.
So no, the Africa Problem / Calais Crisis / EU Invasion Issue is NOT going away by a long shot. It’s here to stay and even by conservative estimates, it is set to get much, much worse.
I’m not happy about this, but it’s the truth.
The UK can fit into Africa over 120 times.
You deserve a slightly better explanation so I dug this up.
…the fact that most people do not realise how much the ubiquitous Mercator projection distorts the relative sizes of countries.
A sphere cannot be represented on a flat plane without distortion, which means all map projections distort in one way or another. Some projections show areas accurately but distort distances or scales, for example; others preserve the shapes of countries but misrepresent their areas. You can read all the gory details on Wikipedia.
Gerardus Mercator’s projection, published in 1569, was immediately useful because it depicts a line of constant bearing as a straight line, which is handy for marine navigation. The drawback is that it distorts the shapes and areas of large land masses, and the distortion gets progressively worse as you get closer to the poles. (Africa looks about the same size as Greenland under the Mercator projection, for example, even though it is in fact 14 times bigger.) This was not a big problem for 16th-century sailors, of course, and the Mercator projection remains popular to this day……
Yes, I know, I’m a genius, but it’s mostly the old study of oceanography maps. It isn’t that hard, merely niche knowledge.
…An alternative and arguably more rigorous approach would be to repeat the exercise using an “equal area” projection that shows the countries’ areas correctly while minimising shape distortion. These two properties are the hardest to balance when showing the whole world on one map. I decided to rework Mr Krause’s map using Gall’s Stereographic Cylindrical Projection (1855) with two standard parallels at 45°N and 45°S. Distortions are still evident at the poles, but for most countries shape is maintained, and their areas are shown correctly. As you can see (below), the results are distinct from Mr Krause’s map. But however you look at it, his point is a good one: Africa is much bigger than it looks on most maps….