US Study shows poorest countries grow the fastest

August 20, 2008 • News

The world’s poorest countries have one thing in ever greater abundance: people.

“Nearly all of world population growth is now concentrated in the world’s poorer countries,” said Bill Butz, president of the Population Reference Bureau, a Washington-based independent research organization.

Currently 1.2 billion people live in countries classified as developed by the United Nations, compared with 5.5 billion in less developed regions, PRB said in its annual Population Data Sheet, released Monday.

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