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PNG population heads for 7 million this year


WHEN A COUNTRY has an annual population growth rate of three percent, it doubles in size every 20 years.

And while PNG’s growth rate is a touch lower at 2.7 percent, the influx of migrants, especially from Asian countries, is taking it close to this benchmark.

Between now and the end of this year, PNG’s population is estimated to pass seven million, a number that adds statistical weight to add to the growing economic power to Australia’s north.

Meanwhile, even as the country cries out for skilled labour, more and more Papua New Guineans are heading off to work overseas in what could become a debilitating ‘brain drain’ for the country.

Some 20% of Papua New Guinean tertiary graduates live overseas.

It’s a loss that isn't really balanced by remittances, although the average Papua New Guinean sends home $7,232 each year.


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Joe Wasia

That true, Keith. Its a great fear that PNG population growth rate will be speeded up by the mass influx of Asians every year.

If government cannot regulate the movement of people in and out, PNG natural citizens will be displaced in their own land after some decades.

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