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"One of the surprises is that population growth is most concentrated in the 60 plus age group,"
According to the 2006 Revision, the world population will likely increase by 2.5 billion over the next 43 years, passing from the current 6.7 billion to 9.2 billion in 2050. This increase is equivalent to the total size of the world population in 1950, and it will be absorbed mostly by the less developed regions, whose population is projected to rise from 5.4 billion in 2007 to 7.9 billion in 2050.
"Europe is the only region at this moment where the number of people aged 60 and over has already surpassed the number of children," she said. "We expect that Asia and Latin America will have by 2050 an age distribution that is very similar to the one that Europe has today."
In contrast, the population of the more developed regions is expected to remain largely unchanged at 1.2 billion, and would have declined were it not for the projected net migration from developing to developed countries, which is expected to average 2.3 million persons annually.
- the curve in the developing countries is as excepted, not quiet exponential.
- it seems that developed countries would maintain population levels trough migration.
- more and more old people.
Sure, neither is surprising and it's damn hard to call any of those trends a problem, but how do you feel about them? Feel free to discuss planetary sustainability(although it's a bit early about it..) and cultural and political changes that would come of as result of that population growth, assimilation of the migrating masses etc.
Let me start by saying that I do NOT believe that such numbers could be seamlessly assimilated in the case of Europe, but will the change be for the worse or for the better?