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Egypt's population jumps 17 million over last decade: Statistics agency

CAMPAS' new statistics mark the World Population Day which falls on 11 July

Ahram Online , Monday 11 Jul 2016
Cars are bumper to bumper on a bridge in Cairo, Egypt (AP)
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Egypt's population increased by over 17 million in the past decade, the country's official census authority said in a statement on Monday to mark World Population Day.

The Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) said the Egyptian population has swelled from 72.8 million in 2006 to 90.1 million in the beginning of 2016, a rise of 23.7%.

The statistics agency said that an increase of 3.3 million people was estimated from 2006 to 2009 before another whopping 14 million added to the overall population over the next seven years.

In April, CAPMAS deputy head Mohamed Abdel-Gelil, said that the population saw a significant rise from 80 million to 90 million in the past five years, whereas it took 50 years for the population to increase from 10 million in 1900 to 20 million in 1950.

One third of the Egyptian population (31.3%) is comprised of people aged under 15 years, while the elderly (65 years of age onwards) make up a meager 4% of the total population, CAPMAS added in the Monday statement.

The statistics agency said that 26.3% of Egyptians live in poverty, while 12.8% are unemployed.

The world population was estimated at 7.3 billion in July 2015 and is forecast to hit 9.8 billion by 2050, CAPMAS said, citing data by the Washington-based Population Reference Bureau.

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Al
11-07-2016 05:37pm
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A time bomb
The accelerated growth rates over the recent years, the 40% living in poverty (not 26%), the 20% unemployed (not 13%), and third of the population under 15 year-old are all alarming signs of a time bomb ready to explode; making current terrorism in Egypt a walk in the park. WHY does the Egyptian government and leadership shy away from tackling this insane population growth? It is a sensitive subject in a Muslim country, but it will be 10 times more painful to deal with the after mass a few short years down the line. Tackle it now with support from Azhar, the Mofti, and other religious leaders rather than all putting their religious heads in the sand and facing the consequences later!
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Karim
11-07-2016 05:29pm
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Awful numbers😱
Stop! Stop, stop! Or people will destroy themselfes Egypt! How to give them jobs, food and drink. The countries leadership have to take strong measures even if it is unpopular! To adopt a law that limit the birth in the family or we will be another Pakistan, india or Bangladesh. I dont think that Egyptians want such destiny.
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Allen
11-07-2016 05:23pm
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Have more kids you can't afford.
Then complain about everything and blame the government about YOUR failure in life to manage your family. REALLY SMART ISN'T IT?
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