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Britain’s population outpaces rest of Europe

Rise attributed mainly to immigration

28th July 2010: Britain has seen one of the largest population rises in Europe owing to inflow of immigrants. As per the figures released, the population growth in Britain had outpaced the rest of Europe. The report comes at a time when their contribution to the economy is well established.

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The figures suggest astounding 182,000 refugees streamed in last year, the second highest influx behind Italy with 318,000. It comes as the European Union’s population crossed the half billion mark to 501.1million, up 1.4million last year.

As per an analysis from Brussels the rise in population in Britain, accounted for nearly a third of the 1.4million increase in the number of people living in all of the two European countries.

Sir Andrew Green, of the Migrationwatch think tank, said that this was further confirmation that the population of the UK was rising extremely fast, mainly due to immigration. This accounted for two thirds of the projected population growth of the next 25 years.

 He added that there were always arguments in favour of immigration. But the majority of people were clear that immigration needed to be brought down.

The breakdown from the EU’s Eurostat arm showed how fast Britain’s population was rising compared to that of the neighbours and rivals. This provoked fresh calls for the government to curb numbers coming into the country.

 The increase in population resulted in rising of fear that pressure on housing, transport, water, power and social services would become overwhelming. As per official projections the number of people in the country would reach 70million by 2029.

The Eurostat analysis showed that Britain’s population rose by 412,000 in 2009, up 182,000 because there were more immigrants than emigrants, and up by 231,000 because of rising birth rates.

Much of the new baby boom was a result of immigration, and one in four children born last year were born to mothers who were themselves born abroad.

The British figures compare with an increase of 34,000 in France, mainly a result of high birthrates, and 295,000 in Italy, largely caused by high immigration.

Meanwhile Germany’s population fell by 203,000. The UK increase meant the population rise per head in Britain was the greatest of any of the major European countries.

As per the analysis the numbers in Britain grew by 6. for every 1,000 people last year, compared with 5.4 for every 1,000 in France, 4.9 for every 1,000 in Italy, and 3.5 for every 1,000 in Spain.

In Germany there were 2.5 fewer people for every 1,000, and Poland’s population grew by fewer than one for every 1,000 people – a clear indication that millions of Poles who left to work abroad in the boom years of the 2000s were yet to return home.

Only small and minor countries – Belgium, Sweden, Slovenia and tiny Luxembourg – showed a faster rate of population growth for every 1,000 people than Britain.

Sir Andrew Green, of the Migrationwatch think tank, said that this was further confirmation that the population of the UK was rising extremely fast, mainly due to immigration. This accounted for two thirds of the projected population growth of the next 25 years.

‘There are always arguments in favour of immigration. But the majority of people are clear that immigration needs to be brought down. The Government would do well to stick to the promises they have made to the electorate.’

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