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The world’s population is on its way to reach seven billion people in 2011. Population Reference Bureau numbers show the growth of the global youth population is shifting into the poorest nations. Nearly 90% of young people live in nations known as developing countries. Eight in ten of those youth live in Africa and Asia. One researcher says it’s likely those young people will continue to follow a pattern of moving from rural regions to towns for education, employment and adequate health care. The population spike is coming even as fertility rates decline in many countries.

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