Muslim population of the UK could triple to 13 millions
In a report of the the Telegraph British newspaper, the report stated that the “Muslim population of the United Kingdom is set to triple in the following 30 years, according to the estimations of the Pew Research Center”.
Under the model which assumes the expectations of the migration levels, the number of Muslims in the country would rise from 4.1m in 2016 to 13m in 2050.
The US-based center says that the UK has been the major destination for those who immigrate for economic reasons coming to the European continent, while Germany has been the top destination for those who arrive as immigrants for human reasons.
The UK also has one of the largest gaps in fertility rates between Muslims and non-Muslims. Muslim women have an average of 2.9 children compared to the 1.8 had by non-Muslim women.
This means that even if migration stopped completely, the Muslims’ population share would rise by more than 3 % in the UK, as well as in France, Italy, and Belgium.
The report suggests that in case the migration continues at the same rate but the immigration for human reasons movement stops, the UK will have the highest overall population of Muslims in the European Union, at 13m, making up 16.7 per cent of the population.
Currently; UK is behind Germany and France in overall population of Muslims.
“Relatively few recent immigrants to the UK (60,000) were immigrants for human reasons, but more than 1.5 million regular migrants arrived during the recent years.
“Overall, an estimated 43 per cent of all migrants to the UK between mid-2010 and mid-2016 were Muslims,” the report said.
The study also shows that the UK has one of the lower levels of aggression toward Muslim immigrants coming from Iraq and Syria.
Just over one in three people in UK see these immigrants as a major threat, compared to 39 % in France, 42 % in Spain and 60 % in Poland.
The paper concluded that people in countries with lower total numbers of immigrants were more likely to consider them as a threat.
According to figures from the Oxford-based Migration Observatory, one in five non-UK born people in the UK is Muslim.
Of the Muslims; 47% are UK born, 68% are ethnically Asian and 33% are aged 15 and under; these are some of the headline findings of a new report by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) that has analyzed census data in a bid to provide a fuller and more nuanced picture of Muslim Britain.
The report shows that the Muslim population is relatively young – 33% were aged 15 or under in 2011, compared to 19% of the population as a whole. Of school age children, 8.1% are Muslim.
- 2.7m Muslims in England and Wales – 4.8% of population
- 33% aged 15 or under
- 68% of Asian descent
- 8% are of white ethnicity
- 47% born in Britain, 36% in the Middle East and Asia
- 6% say they are struggling to speak English
- 37% of Muslims live in London
- 20% are in full-time employment (compared to 35% of the general population)