Egypt’s population reached 105 million two days ago, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) data.
Despite the slowdown in birth rates, current figures still suggest an annual addition of 2.2 million newborns.
If current fertility levels of 2.85 remain steady, Egypt’s population is projected to stand at 119 million by 2030 and 165 million by 2050.
Alternatively, if the fertility rate drops to 1.6 children per woman by 2042, the population will be around 117 million in 2030 and 139 million in 2050.
CAPMAS highlighted that reducing the fertility rate to this level requires the concerted efforts of all members of society, civil society organizations, media in all its forms, and state agencies to control population growth rates.
The lower birth rates were attributed to a decrease in the number of births during this period, with the average daily births now at 5,683 compared to 6,089 per day during the previous million milestone period.
Preliminary data for 2022 indicates a drop in birth rates to 21.2 per 1000. The highest birth rates were recorded in the governorates of Asyut, Sohag, Minya, Qena, and Beni Suef (27.2, 26.9, 26.0, 26.0, 24.3 per 1000 respectively).
Conversely, the governorates of Port Said, Damietta, Dakahlia, Alexandria, and Gharbia recorded the lowest rates (13.7, 16.4, 17.5, 17.7, 17.8 per 1000 respectively).