Immigration results in biggest population growth in the UK
United Kingdom, 30th July: UK has highest rate of population growth than any other country in Europe, the latest official data reveals.
And the credit goes to high rates of immigration in the UK together with increasing birth rates in the country.
According to Eurostat data of EU, UK’s population accounted for nearly one-third of the total increase in the population of entire EU comprising of 27 countries.
Population of the UK went up by 412,000 while the population of EU witnessed an increase of 1.4 million in the last year, says the detailed figures from Brussels.
Higher rates of population growth in the UK triggered population of the EU to reach the mark of almost half a billion. It may be worth mentioned that out of half billion people, only 501 million happen to be citizens of Europe, figures at the start of the year reveal.
There has been increased concern among the government of the UK to control immigration levels as the population of the country was growing at huge speed. Increased population means increased strain on public services including housing, water, power, transport and other services. It has been projected that if the immigration levels in the UK are not controlled, by the year 2029, population of Britain will touch 70 million.
Last year, population of the UK increased by nearly 6 for 1,000 people, while in Italy and France, the growth of population was 4.9 and 5.4 for every 1,000 people for the same year. Similarly, population growth in Poland was only less than 1 for 1,000 living there.
Moreover, the official figures also maintain that migrants hailing from Poland immigrating to the UK in the period of last ten years were still staying and working there.
Hence, all these examples reinstate the fact that population of the UK is, undoubtedly, growing and also at a very fast rate and the main reason for this overwhelming growth of population is due to high levels of UK immigration. Immigration contributes nearly two-third of the estimated population growth of the UK in the coming two and a half decade period.