Asia-Pacific Population Journal

For over two decades, the Asia-Pacific Population Journal (APPJ) has been taking the pulse of population and social issues unfolding in the region. Published by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), APPJ brings out high quality, evidence-based and forward-looking articles relevant for population policies and programmes in Asia and the Pacific. Prominent population experts, award-winning demographers, as well as lesser known researchers have been contributing articles, documenting over the years the evolution of thinking in this important sphere.


Islam and family planning

The world’s 1.2 billion Muslims comprise about 20 per cent of the total population of the world. The majority of Muslim populations have high fertility rates coupled with high infant, child and maternal mortality, and low rates of life expectancy. As a result, close to 50 per cent are below 15 years of age. In economic terms, this means a very high dependency ratio.


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