Friday, 29 July 2011
According to the latest Eurostat report on population growth within the EU, Britain has the fastest population growth of any large country in the EU.
The largest relative increases were observed in Luxembourg (+19.3‰), Sweden (+8.0‰), Malta (+7.8‰), Belgium (+7.2‰) and the United Kingdom (+6.6‰).

Over 60% of the population increase in the EU as a whole came from migration. In Britain, a very high birth-rate was also a key driver.
In 2010, 5.4 million children were born in the EU27. The crude birth rate was 10.7 per 1000 inhabitants, the same as in 2009. The highest birth rates were recorded in Ireland (16.5‰), the United Kingdom (13.0‰), France (12.8‰), Cyprus (12.4‰) and Sweden (12.3‰), and the lowest rates in Germany (8.3‰), Latvia (8.6‰), Hungary (9.0‰), Italy (9.3‰), Austria (9.4‰), Portugal (9.5‰) and Malta.

Unfortunately the statistics don't make any distinction between births to people of European origin and births to those of non-European origin, but I think we can all guess how that would affect the results.

For some reason Turkey is also included in this report, even though it is not a member of the EU. It is notable that Turkey's net population increase in one year (1,161,700) was almost as large as that of the entire EU (1,368,500).

Source: Eurostat


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