Welcome in the new world

by Luca Catalano Gonzaga

In less than three years, the world-wide population will reach 7 billions; if the fertility rate remains to actual levels. in 2050 the figure will arrive at 10.5 billions The population increase is not homogenous world-wide. The developed countries tend to age bordering ‘ zero growth’. In Europe, only immigration has postponed the demographic breakdown. Immigration has represented 84% of the population increase of the European Union between 2000 and 2007. The underdeveloped countries in Africa and Asia show a real demographic outbreak as a result of an elevated natality index and the decrease of mortality. These Countries will be responsible for approximately 85% of the demographic increase in the world. (text by Luca Catalano Gonzaga).