The ONS estimated that net migration will run at 198,000 a year on average over the 25 years. Asian Lite reports
These new official projections show how immigration will boost Britain’s population by levels which were unheard of a decade ago. Britain’s population will soar by 10 million over the next 25 years as immigration powers ahead at nearly five times the European Union average, according to new official projections.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) published new data showing the number of people in Britain is now expected to hit 74.3 million in 2039 – and in the worst case scenario it could even reach 80 million.
An analysis by The Telegraph shows forecasts published by the ONS in 2004 predicted there would be only 68.4 million people in 2041, meaning the projected rise is now 68 per cent higher than those now-defunct forecasts.
The huge increase in future population predictions throws into stark relief the way British society has changed over the last 10 years, says The Telegraph.
The ONS could never have been expected to forecast how hundreds of thousands of eastern Europeans would arrive in this country each year after the European Union expanded into Poland and nine other former communist states in 2004 and 2007.
The most up-to-date projections – which are key in shaping Government investment in the NHS, housing, education and other services – also say:
- Best estimates suggest the population will leap by 4.4 million over the next decade to reach 69 million, according to new official projections – the equivalent of adding the population of Dorset to the UK every year.
- The population will cross the 70 million mark in about 12 years, in mid-2027.
- Immigrationwill be a factor in 68 per cent of this growth over the next 25 years, both in relation to new arrivals and an increased birth rate by foreign-born mothers.
- Britain will be the second largest country in Europe in 2030, overtakingFrance, and then overtakeGermany to become the largest country in Europe in 2047.
- The country’s population will grow by 14 per cent to 2039, compared with the three per cent EU average.
The ONS’ upper estimate said Britain’s population will reach 79.1 million in 2039 if mass migration continues, a rise of 14.5 million on current levels, although the statisticians believe the headline 74.3 million estimate is more likely.
David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said the figures showed levels of net migration must be addressed, and pledged to take the argument to the European Union.
“We’re profoundly richer and better off as a result of the migration that’s taken place but we do need to have a better control of net migration,” said Mr Cameron, speaking on an official visit to Iceland.
Net migration levels have been too high.
“This statistic makes my point for me which is we need better control of migration, we need to see net migration come down.
Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of MigrationWatch UK, which campaigns for tougher border controls, told The Telegraph “These projections confirm that our population will increase by more than twice the population of Birmingham in the next five years, as we have been saying.
“The prospect of nearly 10 million in 25 years underlines the huge impact on housing and public services, unless the government succeeds in bringing net migration right down.”