Global map: Population
In 2020, according to the UN and the World Bank, the world population will be about 7.8 billion people. Fifty-five percent of this global population lives in Asia, 17% in Africa, 8% in Latin America and the Caribbean, 7% in Western Europe, 5% in North America, 4% in emerging Europe, 3% in the Middle East and 0.5% in Oceania. So far this century, population growth has moderated, from 2000, when the population was about 6.1 billion, to almost 7.8 billion in 2020, with a cumulative growth of 27%, or 1.2% per year.
This growth has been uneven, the only region that has grown significantly above the world average has been Africa, with 65 %. UN forecasts suggest that from 2020 to 2050 the world population will grow by another 25%, reaching 9.7 billion inhabitants, more than half of this expansion will be contributed by Africa, whose population will grow by another 85%.
With these population scenarios, strong migratory movements are to be expected, especially from Africa to Europe. GATE Center will monitor these migratory movements, whether they are caused by economic reasons, war or natural disasters.