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            The publication provides a summary overview of population policies and dynamics for each of the United Nations Member and non-member States for which data are available at mid-decade for the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and for 2001.

            The core information included in the monitoring of population policies encompasses two basic components:

Government perceptions of population size, growth, structure and distribution, and of the demographic components of fertility, mortality and migration which affect them. For each of these variables, is the level or trend viewed as a significant policy issue, and is the prevailing level or rate of change viewed by the Government as too high, too low or acceptable/satisfactory in relation to other social and economic conditions?

Government policies with respect to each variable.  Is the policy of the Government to raise, lower or maintain the current level of the variable? Has the Government actively intervened to influence the variable and, if so, by what means?

            This publication shows, on a country-by-country basis, the evolution of Government views and policies from 1976 to 2001 with respect to population growth, fertility and family planning, health and mortality, international migration and spatial distribution, within the context of demographic, social and economic change.  The material is presented in the form of two-page data sheets: the first page contains population policy data for each country for 1976, 1986, 1996 and 2001, and the second page provides demographic and socio-economic indicators for the corresponding years.

            National Population Policies 2001 follows the same format as the 1998 edition of National Population Policies (United Nations Population Division, 1998).  Prior to 1998, the data were published as the Global Review and Inventory of Population Policies (GRIPP).


 The data presented in this publication are also being released in a user-friendly electronic format.  You can either download the database or purchase the CD-Rom.


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