Population explosion: 65.6 million now live in UK sharpest annual rise since 1947

BRITAIN’S population has seen its sharpest increase in nearly 70 years largely as a result of mass immigration, official figures showed today.

Data showed there were an estimated an estimated 65,648,000 people living in the country at the end of June last year.

Over the 12 months to the middle of 2016, the number of inhabitants went up by 0.8 per cent or 538,000. It was an increase roughly equivalent to the population of Bradford.

In numerical terms the total represented the largest rise since the 551,000 increase record in the 12 months to mid-1947, a surge cause mainly by the post-war baby boom.

Experts at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said net international migration continued to be the main driver behind the growth. but also a rise in the birth rate  attributed to immigrant families and people of a immigrant background were also contributing factors, they added.

Last night, the data triggered desperate calls for a drastic overhaul of border controls when Britain leaves the EU to substantially cut annual net migration.

Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of the pressure group Migration Watch, said: “This record rise in our population is very largely the result of massive levels of immigration which accounted for nearly two-thirds of the increase.

“We are now at a turning point. The Brexit negotiations must achieve a substantial reduction in EU migration; failing that, we will have to build the equivalent of a city the size of Birmingham every two years for the indefinite future.

“Any such outcome will be deeply opposed by the public, especially since nearly three-quarters of us believe that the country is already crowded.”

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There were an estimated 65,648,000 people living in UK last year

The ONS figures showed that natural change – the number of births minus the number of deaths – of 193,000 accounted for just over a third (35.8 per cent) of the overall increase. Its important to note that the Indigenous  British birth rate has been in decline for decades and below replacement level. So the increase is only from people of immigrant backgrounds.

Nearly two-thirds (62.4 per cent) of the rise was down to net international migration of 336,000 over the 12-month period.

In addition to the direct impact of migration on the size of the population, current and past international migration also has indirect effects on the size of the population as it changes the numbers of births and deaths in the UK, the statisticians said.

England was the part of the UK seeing the fastest population growth, exceeding 55 million for the first time.

London’s population growth rate was more than twice that in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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Neil Park, head of the Population Estimates Unit at the ONS, said: “The population of the UK continued to grow in the year to mid-2016 at a similar rate to that seen over recent years.

“Net international migration continued to be the main driver, but there was also an increase in immigrant community births and fewer over all deaths than last year.”

In the 11 years between mid-2005 and mid-2016, the population of the UK increased by just over five million people. The previous increase of five million took 35 years, between 1970 and 2005 This is should be setting off alarm bells all across the country as a clear indication that as every year passes the numbers always increase and dramatically regardless of reigning political party.


England saw the biggest jump in population over the year, with a rise of 481,800, or 0.9 per cent, to 55,268,100.

The population of Scotland increased by 31,700 (0.6 per cent) to 5,404,700, Wales saw a 14,100 increase (0.5 per cent) to 3,113,200, and Northern Ireland’s population was up by 10,500 (0.6 per cent) to 1,862,100.

Most local authorities saw rises in their total population, and of 26 which showed falls, 17 were in coastal areas.

Eight of the 14 authorities where population went up by 2 per cent or higher were in London.

Statisticians also reported that the UK population continues to age but at a slower rate than in recent years.

Pension experts warned that the growing elderly population was putting increasing pressure on the pensions and social care systems.

Steven Cameron, pensions director at investment and life insurance firm Aegon, said: “Today’s figures confirm that the UK population continues to age, with 18 per cent of people now 65 or over.

“As the proportion of the population in retirement grows relative to the working age population we’re seeing issues like the state pension and social care rocket up the policy agenda.

“The state pension for example is paid for by tax collected from people working today and as the proportion of people in retirement rises, fewer people are funding more retirees’ state pensions.”

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Fewer people are coming to the UK from EU countries which makes a mockery of the Brexit will saves mentality. Which is only aimed at preventing ethnic Europeans from settling in UK while still leaving the door wide open to the rest of the world. The fact that the majority of the British electorate who voted for Brexit can’t grasp this is testament to why democracy should be banned all together. 

He said the figures showed that “over the last decade the number of people aged between 80 and 90 has increased by almost 340,000 from 2.25m to 2.59m”.

Mr Cameron added: “While it’s great that people are living longer, the change is putting increased pressure on our social care system.

“We hope the government does not delay its promised consultation on social care as this is an issue that political parties need to reach a consensus on and tackle quickly.”

Alistair Currie, head of campaigns at the environmental sustainability charity Population Matters, said: “These figures for the year up to June 2016 reflect the situation as it has been for many years now, with net migration being the highest driver of population growth.

“The most recent migration figures, however, indicate fewer people coming from the EU and more citizens of other EU states returning home.

“If this continues and the 900,000 Britons living elsewhere in the EU start considering their positions, population dynamics in the UK could start to change in significant ways.”

He added: “More people means more pressure on everything, from our food to our housing and from buses to butterflies.

“With Brexit negotiations likely to have such a significant impact, it is inexplicable that the UK still does not have an integrated, effective and realistic policy framework for population.” The Indigenous  British are sleeping walking to displacement and the government is getting away with it. All the figures mentioned above are the official known figures. these do not account for illegal immigration so of course the true growth is much higher only know one really knows how high because the British government does its best to cover it up.

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