[size=36]Planning: Iraq's population will reach 80 million by 2050[/size]
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, Saturday, The Ministry of Planning announced its expectations regarding the population of Iraq in the coming years, and while noting a decline in the annual population growth rates, it revealed the details of its plan for drawing up long-term population policies.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Planning, Abdul-Zahra Al-Hindawi, according to the official agency, said, "The ministry's expectations indicate that the population of Iraq in the year 2030 will reach 50 million, in light of the annual estimates of the population, which is increasing at a rate of 850 thousand to one million people per year with a growth rate. annual rate of 2.6", pointing out that "in 2050, the population of Iraq may approach 80 million."
Al-Hindawi added, "The next thirty years may witness a decline in annual growth rates, based on the ministry's monitoring, which indicated a decline in the annual population growth rates," noting that "with the continuation of this decline, we may not reach expectations of reaching 80 million people in 2050." ".
He pointed out that "the ministry has previously developed a prior plan in drawing up long-term population policies, and there is an update on the paths of this plan by integrating the population dimension into development plans and focusing on mechanisms to absorb this increase in population and transform it from a burden into effective development engines through empowering youth Economically by providing job opportunities, achieving partnerships and supporting the private sector in order to provide job opportunities and advance the health, housing and education sectors within the framework of human development policy, stressing that “the Ministry of Planning undertakes the preparation of this plan through the Department of Human Development.”
Regarding the continuous decline in demand for oil, Al-Hindawi explained that “the reason is the trend towards activating other non-oil development sectors in order to diversify sources of income such as agriculture, industry, tourism and other sectors and open broad investment horizons in order to reduce poverty and unemployment rates and improve the population’s level in the areas of health and education. and housing.” Ended 29/A 43