Challenges and Opportunities: the population of the Middle East and North Africa

28 06 2007

URL: http://www.prb.org/pdf07/62.2MENA.pdf. A Population Reference Bureau publication. “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. Yet, its demographic trends—especially the rapidly growing youth population—are beginning to attract notice as well. In 2007, the MENA region has about 432 million people, making it one of the least populous world regions. But rapid population growth rates—second only to sub-Saharan Africa—caused MENA’s population to quadruple since 1950, and will propel its total to 700 million by 2050, exceeding the population of Europe in that year.”

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