Say What? More Than Half of This Century’s Population Growth Will Be in Just 10 Countries
By Kaja Jurczynska, Research Associate
The latest revision of the UN Population Division’s World Population Prospects, released this summer, projects that total population will reach 10.9 billion by the end of the century. That’s an additional 3.7+ billion people by 2100. Strikingly, nearly all of this growth will occur in developing countries. And 64 percent will be concentrated in just 10 countries.
Why is this? More importantly, what does this mean for the people who live in these countries?
In eight of these nations-namely Nigeria, Tanzania, DRC, Niger, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Zambia-an important driver of population growth is persistently high fertility. The remaining two countries accounting for the world’s increase are those with already large populations and high net migration (like the United States).
To read the full article, please click here: http://populationaction.org/blog/2013/09/13/say-what-more-than-half-of-this-centurys-population-growth-will-be-in-just-10-countries/
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