Egypt's population growth a cause for worry

60% of Egypt's population is already under 30, and the country is already having to cope with depleted water, energy and wheat reserves and a joblessness rate of 13.4%, which gains 800,000 new young job seekers every year.

Egypt's population growth a cause for worry

World Bulletin / News Desk

Despite years of instability since the start of the Arab Spring in late 2010, Egypt has been experiencing a baby boom, recording 560,000 more births in 2012 than there were in 2010, putting them on track to have a population of 137.7 million by 2050.

This adds to the 40% increase in births that was recorded between 2006 and 2012.

"It's the highest spike ever in all Egyptian history," Magued Osman, director of Egypt's leading statistics firm, Baseera, and former head of a government thinktank, told the Guardian. "It's unheard of to have such a jump in a two-year period."

However, 60% of Egypt's population is already under 30, and the country is already having to cope with depleted water, energy and wheat reserves and a joblessness rate of 13.4%, which gains 800,000 new young job seekers every year.

Youth unemployment has already been one of the fuelling factors in the social unrest which led to the toppling of Hosni Mubarak's regime in 2011, before once again showing its force in the June 30, 2013 protests which led to the military coup ousting the elected president Mohamed Morsi.

Currently the average Egyptian family has 5 to 6 children, with class sizes between 40 and 60 at schools.

It is believed that changes in housing regulations made it easier for couples to marry in the 90s, combined with low female employment rates, allowing women to focus more on motherhood.

Population density is also a problem, most of the country is desert, meaning that 86 million Egyptians live on only 8% of Egypt's landmass. 

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