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Worldfocus Radio: Demographics of the Arab World

April 17, 2010

The Arab world has over 350 million people and stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Persian Gulf. Unified by a common Arabic culture and history, these 25 countries are at varying levels of economic and political development.

But there seems to be a set of demographic issues that apply to many — if not all — of the nations in the Arab world. We take a deeper look at high birth rates and gender inequality and then compare them to other regions of the world.

Martin Savidge hosts Magda Abu-Fadil and Bernard Haykel to discuss these issues:

  • Youth bulge: jobs for young people, emigration, political instability
  • Gender gap: young women, variation across Arab states, political power
  • Big picture: comparisons to other regions, replacement level, demographic transition

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