4 children are born every minute in Egypt, 254 every hour



Wed, 22 Dec 2021 - 10:36 GMT


Wed, 22 Dec 2021 - 10:36 GMT

FILE - Overpopulation

FILE - Overpopulation

CAIRO – 22 December 2021: Official at the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) Khaled Maher stated in a phone-in Tuesday that according to the last study, 254 babies are born every hour, which means that 4 children are born every minute.


Maher added that 18.2 percent of women are breadwinners. More than the half of those are residing rural villages, with 25.6 percent being in Upper Egypt, and 29 percent in Lower Egypt.


As for the aspects of expenditure of Egyptian families, 19.2 percent of their income goes to rent; 31.1 percent goes to food; 5.7 percent goes to education; 10 percent goes to healthcare; and, 2.3 percent goes to entertainment.  


CAPMAS announced last week that the Egyptian population had hit 102,746,000 growing by 250,000 in just 60 days.


That means a slowdown has occurred as the last quarter a million was recorded over 50 days until October 13. It is noted that the Egypt population became 102 million on June 5.


In several events, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi warned of the repercussions of overpopulation noting that people may not feel the impact of economic growth, if the pace of population growth continues like that.


Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli presented in October the challenges facing the Egyptian state and the key projects undertaken to mitigate their impact.


The prime minister underlined overpopulation as the major crisis crippling the growth and development of Egypt.


"Since 2014, the Egyptian population has been increasing by 2.4 million per annum. As such, the population may double to become 200 million by 2050…The largest age bracket is 0 to 10. Hence, in just one decade those who can form families will multiply," the prime minister stated.


"The accrual budget deficit until 2030 - where the population is estimated to be 125 million - will be over LE600 billion in order to offer services," the prime minister showcases.



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