World Population Prospects - The 2004 Revision
(with U.S.A., Mexico annual averages)

The United Nations, February 24, 2005

World population is expected to increase by 2.6 billion over the next 45 years, from 6.5 billion today to 9.1 billion in 2050. Almost all growth will take place in the less developed regions, where today’s 5.3 billion population is expected to swell to 7.8 billion in 2050. By contrast, the population of the more developed regions will remain mostly unchanged, at 1.2 billion.

These figures are from the 2004 Revision of the official United Nations population estimates and projections, released today by the Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. The report provides crucial demographic information and population figures for the coming assessment of progress made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals....

In terms of annual averages, the major net receivers of international migrants are projected to be the United States (1.1 million annually), Germany (204,000), Canada (201,000), the United Kingdom (133,000), Italy (120,000) and Australia (100,000). The major countries of net emigration are projected to be China (-333,000 annually) Mexico (-304,000). India (-245,000), the Philippines (-180,000), Pakistan (-173,000) and Indonesia (-168,000)....

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