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BKKBN Expects Heavy Burden As Population Continues to Grow
February 22, 2011
Indonesia is on track to surpass the United States and the 450 million mark to become the third-most populous country in the world in less than 50 years, the government said on Monday.
Sugiri Syarief, head of the National Family Planning Coordinating Board (BKKBN), said the country’s population would more than double from the current 237 million within that time.
“In less than 50 years, we could have a population of between 475 million and 500 million,” he said. “We already have the fourth-largest population in the world, but in terms of the quality of life for all citizens we are in 108th place out of 188 countries.”
Sugiri warned the population explosion was a result of high fertility rates, partly because of high poverty rates and poor families having more children. He warned the poverty rate would only increase as the population grew, hampering economic development and leading to a host of other problems.
“The population boom will burden the central and regional governments in terms of having to provide more food, health care, education, jobs, transportation and other services for a far bigger population,” he said.
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