World population aged 65 and over to triple by 2050

A survey claims that the world's population aged 65 and over is expcted to hit 1.5bn by 2050, causing economic concern for some countries.

World population aged 65 and over to triple by 2050

World Bulletin / News Desk

The global population of people aged 65 and over is expected to triple to 1.5 billion by 2050, according to a Pew Research Center survey.

The aging of populations causes concerns that a shrinking proportion of working-age people (aged 15 to 64) in the population may have adverse effects on economies.

There are concerns in East Asia; in Japan and South Korea the majority of the populations are estimated to be older than 50 by 2050.

Nearly nine out of ten Japanese, eight out of ten South Koreans and seven out of ten Chinese people describe an aging population as a major problem for their country.

Europeans also display a relatively high level of concern; Germany and Spain, along with their European neighbors, are already amongst the countries that currently have some of the world’s oldest populations.

Americans are amongst the least concerned: only one in four considers aging a major problem.

Countries like Pakistan and Nigeria - with large numbers of children in their populations - stand to benefit from future demographic trends.

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