The World in 2025: Contributions from an Expert Group
The report highlights the main trends, tensions and transitions of our world. One of them concerns the rise of Asia. By 2025, the world population will reach 8 billion of which 5 will live in cities and almost one third in slums. Some 97% of world population growth will occur in the developing countries, mostly in Asia and Africa. In 2025, nearly two thirds of the world population will live in Asia while the European Union will account for less than 7%. Without a significant inflow of immigrants, the European population will start to decline from 2012.