Challenges and opportunities: The population of the Middle East and North Africa

August 13, 2007 • Africa, Daily Email Recap

Population Bulletin. 2007 June

The countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) continue to fascinate and concern the rest of the world. With two-thirds of the world’s known petroleum reserves, the region’s economic and political importance far outweighs its population size. It has the world’s second-fastest growing population, after sub-Saharan Africa.

Its demographic trends-especially the rapidly growing youth population-are complicating the region’s capacity to adapt to social change, economic strains, and sometimes wrenching political transformations.

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