UK: Population growing by 1,000 a day
September 27th 2012
Over the past decade the number living in the country has grown by twice the European average, fuelled by record levels of immigration and a higher birth rate.
Only Germany and France, which are far bigger, are now home to more people than Britain, the Office for National Statistics said.
“The increase in population between 2001 and 2011 was the largest in percentage terms in the last century,” the ONS said, excluding the Second World War.
The population increased by 7.3 per cent since the turn of the millennium, twice as much as the 3.5 average across the Continent.
England and Wales now has the fourth largest population among 26 nations in Europe, but Britain as a whole is third in the rankings.
In order to reduce net migration, the Home Office is cutting the number of visas offered to international students and restricting the number who can stay after graduation. Only the most skilled foreign workers can take up jobs in Britain and must earn at least £18,600 if they want to bring their spouses over as well.
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