For a country with one of the fastest growth rates in the world, Egypt’s population has jumped by 1.6 M in one year, as reported by Egypt’s Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics, commonly known as “CAPMAS.”
According to Al-Ahram, CAPMAS estimated the massive increase in population from 2021 to 2022 last Wednesday, mentioning that Cairo alone holds around 10.2 M residents, and Giza governorate comes second with 9.5 M.
Since 2015, Egyptians living abroad, namely in Arab countries, like UAE, Jordan, and K.S.A have been speedily multiplying until their growth rate reached 72% in 2021.
Authorities expect Egypt’s population to reach 160 M by 2050, which will cause even more congestion, pollution, and density and will put a closer expiration date on our resources, especially in large cities.
CAPMAS also stated in last year’s “Health Survey” that the birth rate declined among women from 3.5 in 2014 to 2.85 in 2021. However, Egypt is still in serious trouble due to overpopulation which adds to the country’s existing challenge to provide proper resources, economy, and social stability.
That being the case, the Ministry of Social Solidarity, headed by Ms. Nivine El-Kabbag, started a new two-year campaign with the slogan “2 Kefaya” or “2 Children are Enough” in an attempt to control the birth rate of children in Egypt.
Furthermore, the Egyptian government has made substantial progress in land expansion and creating new cities to lower the congestion in Cairo and other densely populated areas by luring people into the new residential cities.