The Demographic Profile of the Arab Countries
This issue of The Demographic Profile of the Arab Countries examines the trends in population size, growth and distribution in the 22 countries of the Arab region, highlights the course of fertility and mortality transitions, and discusses the implications of fertility transition on the population age structure during the period 1980-2050. It also studies the levels and trends in international migration during the period 1990-2010 with particular reference to labor migration. The second section of the report discusses the demographic and developmental implications of the youth bulge and showcases the impact of the emergent financial crisis on youth in addition to other population groups such as older persons and migrant workers. It is expected that the profile will help motivate policy-makers to adopt a holistic approach through integrating the demographic concerns generated in the aftermath of the current crisis into overall development strategies and plans.