chapter  10
Demographic trends
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Nothing in geography has been more remarkable than the extent to which population questions, once little regarded, are now accepted as central and crucial to any discussion of social geography. In the Middle East the population situation is of critical importance, partly because of the very unequal distribution between densely occupied areas where pressure is acute and areas still undeveloped through scanty population, and partly because of high rates of growth, amounting in some regions to over 3% per annum.