Population: How Big is too Big?


The increasing size of the UK population has become a major theme in the debate on immigration in the UK recently.

Reports often cite concerns that the UK population is heading toward 70 million, and argue that this is too high, unsustainable, or not in the national interest (Daily Telegraph January 6th 2010, Daily Mail June 30 2011, Daily Mail June 25 2011).

The UK population increased by just over 470,000 in 2009-2010, of which 226,900 was attributable to net migration with the rest attributable to ‘natural change’, though higher levels of fertility among migrants means that migration also has a positive impact on natural change. This is part of a long term increasing trend and projections suggest that the population will hit 70 million at some point around 2033. Read More Here

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