UK Population to Soar to 70m in Just 10 Years, Mostly Driven by Migration
73 percent of the growth is predicted to be a result of net international immigration
The United Kingdom's population is set to increase by three million to 69.4 million by mid-2028, mostly driven by immigration, according to o projections published on Monday by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The report reveals 73 percent of the growth is predicted to be a result of net international immigration of 2.2 million people.
But less than one-third, 27 percent, will be due to natural population growth (more births than deaths).
The prediction based on the average annual net long-term international migration of 190,000.
The government statistics agency derived from the figure from the average immigration figures from mid-1993 to mid-2018.
In terms of gross immigration, 5.4 million.
The population will pass the 70 million mark by mid-2031, according to The ONS.
But The Times reported that the UK could hit the 70 million mark a lot sooner.
Based on a higher projection offered by the ONS, hat level could be reached in the next eight or nine years.
Data the ONS revealed in February that the figures are not far off the total net migration for the year to September 2018
In that previous 12-month period, net migration was at 283,000.
Total immigration for that period was 627,000 people, while 345,000 people left the UK (emigrated).
Migration Watch UK’s chairman, Alp Mehmet, commented on the figures:
"This is a staggering projection. What the ONS is saying is that, if the level of net migration remains at about the average of the past five years, the population will rise to 71 million within 15 years, or another five million people."
“In such a scenario, more than 90 percent of the increase would be due to the impacts of new immigrants and the children they then go on to have in the UK.”
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Mr. Mehmet added:
“Looking further ahead, if net migration continues at that level, then by the time a child born this year reaches his or her 18th birthday, there would be another 6.3 million people."
"This will mean further unbearable pressure on housing, transport, schools, university places. The impact now is huge, but it will be even greater on the next generation."
“This underlines how crucial it is for post-Brexit border reforms to deliver a significant reduction in the level of net arrivals. No wonder 30 million people — 3 in 5 UK adults — wish to see this happen.”
In April, Neon Nettle reported that the population of London was set to surpass 10 million for the first time in history by 2029 due to net migration as the driving cause, according to new statistics.
Office for National Statistics (ONS) released the sobering figures, which revealed the findings.
Currently, London's populations stand at 9.1 million but will soar to over 10 million in a decade, with the population reaching nearly 11 million by 2041.