Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971

The People

Turkey’s population, about 54 million, is growing at a rate of 2.5 percent -- higher than European countries, but lower than most Third World nations. Birth rates vary widely, from no more than two children among middle-class families in western cities to as many as 17 in rural families in the southeast. About half of all married women use some form of birth control.

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How to cite this article:

Martha Wenger "Turkey: A Primer," Middle East Report 160 (September/October 1989).