According to the new United Nations report, India will overtake China as the world’s most populous country in less than a decade.
Together China and India account for around 37% of the entire world population of 7.7 billion. China is home to around 1.4 billion people while India is home to 1.3 billion people.
According to the UN’s 2019 World Population Prospects report by 2027, India will have more population in comparison to China. By 2050 this gap will widen further.
The report said, “Between 2019 and 2050, 55 countries or areas are expected to see their populations decrease by at least 1%.”
Adding, “In the largest of these, China, the population is projected to shrink by 31.4 million, or 2.2 percent.”
Thus, China’s population will be at 1.1 billion. The report further predicts that by 2050 the world population will be 9.7 billion.
China has been working to control its increasing population for years by starting programs like One Child policy which was later reversed.
Also, the report stated that Nigeria will be the third most populous country by 2050 and Pakistan will be the fifth most populous country in the world.
Liu Zhenmin, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) said, “Many of the fastest growing populations are in the poorest countries, where population growth brings additional challenges.”