ASEAN’s growing population: Many new mouths to feed

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kidsASEAN’s overall population is exploding. Whether this is good or bad is dependent on the country. While large populations can be viewed as adding a productive element to a nation, they can also be destabilising to others.

Composed of among the fastest growing economies in the world, ASEAN’s new mouths to feed will increasingly gather the wherewithal to purchase more expensive and environmentally taxing food, such as beef, as well as consume greater amounts of water.

However, more able, educated bodies make an economy more competitive, especially in the manufacturing sector, as the past decade has seen with China. In Malaysia’s largest state of Sarawak, for example, which only has over 2.4 million people, greater population growth would benefit the state as it currently suffers from an economic loss due to the import of labour.

Investvine took a look at the projected population growth for the 10 ASEAN countries, discovering that the Philippines – a Catholic country that struggles with implementing safe parenting laws – is the fasting growing, with a population growth multiplier of 1.6, making the projected 2050 population over 154 million by 2050. Meanwhile, Indonesia will continue to expand at a clip close to the Philippines, hitting a whopping population of 309 million by 2050.

These two nations, as the infograph below shows, are in direct contract to slowly growing countries such as Thailand, which is projected to curb its population from increasing hardly at all over the next few decades.

Should quickly burgeoning populations be viewed as a blessing or curse?

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Infographic: Manuel Edralin

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ASEAN’s overall population is exploding. Whether this is good or bad is dependent on the country. While large populations can be viewed as adding a productive element to a nation, they can also be destabilising to others.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

kidsASEAN’s overall population is exploding. Whether this is good or bad is dependent on the country. While large populations can be viewed as adding a productive element to a nation, they can also be destabilising to others.

Composed of among the fastest growing economies in the world, ASEAN’s new mouths to feed will increasingly gather the wherewithal to purchase more expensive and environmentally taxing food, such as beef, as well as consume greater amounts of water.

However, more able, educated bodies make an economy more competitive, especially in the manufacturing sector, as the past decade has seen with China. In Malaysia’s largest state of Sarawak, for example, which only has over 2.4 million people, greater population growth would benefit the state as it currently suffers from an economic loss due to the import of labour.

Investvine took a look at the projected population growth for the 10 ASEAN countries, discovering that the Philippines – a Catholic country that struggles with implementing safe parenting laws – is the fasting growing, with a population growth multiplier of 1.6, making the projected 2050 population over 154 million by 2050. Meanwhile, Indonesia will continue to expand at a clip close to the Philippines, hitting a whopping population of 309 million by 2050.

These two nations, as the infograph below shows, are in direct contract to slowly growing countries such as Thailand, which is projected to curb its population from increasing hardly at all over the next few decades.

Should quickly burgeoning populations be viewed as a blessing or curse?

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Infographic: Manuel Edralin

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