While birth rates are decreasing worldwide, Egypt is suffering from rapid population growth. This is because the population is growing rapidly compared to the national economic growth rate.
According to Bloomberg on the 5th (local time), Egyptian President Abdel-Fatah el-Sisi expressed concern about population growth at a cabinet meeting that day and called for the implementation of birth control policies.
President El-Sisi said, “If birth control measures are not implemented, a disaster could result,” adding, “The problem of overpopulation is putting a burden on Egyptian society as a whole. “If this is not resolved, it will be difficult to maintain the current government budget for education and healthcare,” he said.
Egypt’s population increased rapidly by approximately 15 million people per decade, exceeding 71.37 million in 2000, 87.25 million in 2010, and 100 million in 2020.
Since coming to power in 2014, President El-Sisi has implemented a birth control policy under the slogan, “Two is enough.”
However, unlike developed countries suffering from a low birth rate crisis, Egypt’s total fertility rate was close to 3. Egypt’s total fertility rate in 2021 was 2.9, well above the government’s target of 2.11메이저놀이터.
Accordingly, Egypt is facing several economic problems. Egypt’s poverty rate (people with median income below 50% of the total population) increased from 27.8% in 2015 to 31.9% in 2020.
The unemployment rate also approached the 7% level. Since last year, the rate of inflation has also accelerated, with the inflation rate recorded at 36.5% in July.
The Egyptian government distributed public subsidies to appease the poor. According to Bloomberg, it is estimated that about 70 million people in Egypt are making a living by receiving emergency food subsidies.