By 2023, Turkey's elderly population will have risen by 2.9 million people to 8.6 million, according to a statement released by Turkish Family Health Association (TAPD) Chairman Hakan Şatıroğlu on Monday.
Şatıroğlu indicated that the number of elderly people -- consisting of people who are at least 65 years old -- in Turkey is estimated to rise by 10.2 percent from this year to 2023, 20.8 percent by 2050 and 27.7 percent by 2075.
“The elderly population in 2012 stood at 5.7 million. This number will rise to 8.6 million. It is expected that the population of Turkey in 2023 will be around 85 million and will steadily increase until 2050. By then, we will be looking at a figure of almost 90 million people [in the country],” Şatıroğlu said.
He attributed “world changes” to the population increases. “By 2100, more than 2.5 billion people will be living on the continent of Africa. In that time, the population of Asia will also have increased by 432 million people, and there will be 97 million more people in Latin America and 182 million more in North America. On the other hand, the European continent's population will decrease by 63 million people,” Şatıroğlu said.
Şatıroğlu pointed out that 60 percent of the world's population are living in Asia, but only 15 percent were living in Africa back in 2011.
“In 1990, the European continent used to be the second-most crowded continent in the world, but Africa took this spot over in 1996. In 2009, Africa had one billion people, but this number will see a rise of one billion people in just 35 years. Africa's population growth rate will be much higher compared to Asia's,” Şatıroğlu added.