Arab world experiences rapid population explosion
Worldfocus discusses Arab demographics with Patrick Gerland, a demographer at the United Nations Population Division.
The views expressed here are those of the Patrick Gerland and do not necessarily represent those of the United Nations. The contents have not been formally edited by the United Nations.
Worldfocus: How would you characterize the demographic situation in the Arab world?
Patrick Gerland: Compared to other regions, the Arab world has been experiencing one of the fastest population growth rates (over 2% per year), which has led to more than its doubling within the last 30 years. This growth is exacerbated by early and intense nuptiality and very high marital fertility.
But since the 1980’s, age at marriage has been increasing by about 5 years on average, and fertility has been declining fast. On average,
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