03 August 2011

Population politics: nature and consequences
New Age - Bangladesh
(...) According to a recent report released by the United Nations Population Division, the world population—currently about 7 billion—will not stabilise at 9.3 billion by the middle of the twenty-first century as previously thought but will continue to grow till the end of the century. According to 2010 Revision of the World Population Prospects, the official UN population projections prepared by the Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs released in May 2011, the world population will hit a staggering 10.1 billion by the year 2100. (...) Based on the countries’ reported fertility rates, the UN Population Division divided the world into three categories: high fertility countries, intermediate fertility countries, and low fertility countries. (...) The UN Population Division identified Bangladesh as an intermediate-fertility country based on the information provided by the government. tan, Ghana, Yemen, Mozambique and Madagascar. Needless to say, the high-fertility The UN Population Division projects that the population of Bangladesh, an intermediate-fertility country, will grow to about 195 million by 2070s and then start to decline. However, like the census figures, this projection is also based on the assumption that Bangladesh will achieve a fertility rate of 1.8 or 1.9 within the next few years. Clearly this is unlikely to happen so soon. (...)
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