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The Iraqi government expects the number of its citizens to reach 50 million by 2030

Today, Saturday, the Iraqi Ministry of Planning announced its projections for the country's population in the year 2030.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Planning, Abdul-Zahra Al-Hindawi, said in a press statement, "The ministry's expectations indicate that the population of Iraq in the year 2030 will reach 50 million, in light of the annual estimates of the population, which is increasing at a rate of 850 thousand to one million people per year. With an annual growth rate of 2.6%, he added, “In 2050, the population of Iraq may approach 80 million.”

The population of Iraq is currently about 41 million, having risen by about 13 million since 2003, which witnessed the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime. Therefore, experts consider this increase "excessive" in light of the decline in services, the deterioration of economic conditions in the country and the increase in the poverty rate.