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A Fourth of Humanity Is Now Young – The vast majority live in the developing world

Much has been made of the challenges of aging societies. But it’s the youth bulge that stands to put Middle East’s youthgreater pressure on the global economy, sow political unrest, spur mass migration and have profound consequences for everything from marriage to Internet access to the growth of cities.

The parable of our time might well be: Mind your young, or they will trouble you in your old age.

A fourth of humanity is now young (ages 10 to 24). The vast majority live in the developing world, according to the United Nations Population Fund.

Nowhere can the pressures of the youth bulge be felt as profoundly as in India. Every month, some one million young Indians turn 18 — coming of age, looking for work, registering to vote and making India home to the largest number of young, working-age people anywhere in the world.Already, the number of Indians between the ages of 15 and 34 — 422 million — is roughly the same as the combined populations of the United States, Canada and Britain.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at  The World Has a Problem: Too Many Young People – The New York Times

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