The population of the UK will exceed 70 million before the end of the next decade, though the rate of population will decelerate, according to figures revealed by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on 26 October.
According to the ONS estimates, an additional 4.4 million people will be added to the country’s population by 2029. The British population will continue to grow after that and will reach 72.9 million by 2041.
The main reason behind this increase would be due to the inflow of migrants, whose numbers will account for 77 percent of increase of the UK population in the next 25 years. Rest of the increase would be owing to the difference between births and deaths. It was opined that London’s population would increase by 1.5 million by 2029.
The projections also show that the fastest growth will be experienced by England, with a 5.9 percent growth over the next decade, while populations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales would increase by 4.2 percent, 3.2 percent and 3.1 percent, respectively, during the same period. Net migration alone would cause the population of Britain to increase by 54 percent.
Andrew Nash of the ONS population growth division was quoted by the Evening Standard as saying that the population of the UK was estimated to increase to 69.2 million from 65.5 million between mid-2016 and mid-2026. It is expected to reach 70 million by mid-2029, he added. Nash said that England’s growth will overshadow that of the other UK nations.
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