Don't be too concerned by ONS over-population figures, says immigrant welfare campaigner

ONS population figures 'not as big as they appear', says charity chief executive

The population of the UK is predicted to pass 70 million in 2029

Friday, October 27, 2017

A leading member of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) has said new figures estimating the UK's population growth might not be as big a story as they would appear. 

The Office of National Statistics released figures which show the total population of the UK will pass 70 million people in 2029.  England is predicted to be the fastest-growing UK nation. 

However Satbir Singh, the JCWI's chief executive, said the figures can be difficult to predict and this figure may not actually be reached.

He told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "There tends to be a split reaction to this.

"On the one hand, the statistics carry a lot of weight, but when we look at the immigration component of this, it’s quite hard to predict.

"It’s also not clear if this is as big a story as we think it is because if we look at actually population projections seen over the last 20 or 30 years, population growth is actually tapering off.

"While the headline figure of 70 million by 2030 does sound enormous and does seem extraordinary, it is tapering off."

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