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Working age population surge ‘may be blessing or boomerang’

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, June 27, 2019   /  06:52 am
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Hundreds of youngsters line up to apply for jobs with one of the participants at a job fair in West Java. (Tribun Jabar/Gani Kurniawan)

Amid the government's efforts to suppress population growth, the latest report by the United Nations suggests that Indonesia will remain among the nine countries to host more than half of the projected two billion increase in the global population between 2019 and 2050. The projection raises questions as to whether the country will be able to make the most out of the surge. The UN's 2019 World Population Prospects report projected that the global population would reach 9.7 billion people by 2050 from 7.7. billion in mid-2019, with Indonesia placed eighth out of the countries expected to contribute most to the increase, with 60 million people. India ranked first with its estimated 273 million contribution. The report comes amid efforts by the Indonesian government, specifically by the National Population and Family Planning Board (BKKBN), to reduce the country's populati...