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Category Archives: Population

32 million foreigners living in the 27 EU States last year

The biggest driver of population growth in most EU Member States in recent years has been immigration. In fact, between 2004 and 2008, 3 to 4 million immigrants settled in the each year. This is according to the third Demography Report just published by the EU. In total, in 2010, there were 32.4 million foreigners living in an EU27 Member … Continue reading

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6.4% of EU 27 population made up of foreign citizens

Analysis just published by eurostat shows that on 1 January 2009, 31.9 million foreign citizens lived in the EU27 Member States, of which 11.9 million were citizens of another EU27 Member State. The rest were citizens of countries outside the EU27, in particular from other European countries (7.2 million), Africa (4.9 million), Asia (4.0 million) and the American continent (3.3 … Continue reading

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Work till you drop

The government has just started a consultation process with the view of scrapping the fixed retirement age from October 2011. This would mean that employers would no longer be able to ‘force’ workers to retire at age 65, as they can, and usually do, at the moment. The bad news is that you have to have a job in the … Continue reading

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UK population rising by 1,000 per day

The population of the UK reached 61,792,000 by the middle of last year. This was an increase of 394,000 or 0.6% on mid-2008 and was equivalent to an average increase of over 1,000 per day. UK population grew by 0.2% per year between 1981 and 1991; by 0.3% per year between 1991 and 2001; and, 0.6% since 2001. It is … Continue reading

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We are all getting older and the government is getting worried.

“The population of the UK is becoming increasingly older.” So says, the introduction to Ageing across the UK which is a section of the 42nd Regional Trends report just published by the Office for National Statistics. I know I’m getting older, but I suppose it must be useful to read that it is now official. Over the last 25 years, … Continue reading

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Can economic growth in Africa be fuelled by rapid increases in population?

I have just read an interesting blog by Wolfgang Fengler on one of the World Bank’s websites. He notes the fact that Africa’s population is rising rapidly and will soon pass the one billion mark. In fact the UN’s projections expect this to rise to 1.7 billion by 2050, although this is based on declining fertility, and Fengler believes that … Continue reading

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UK population rises by over 400,000

The population of the UK rose by 408,000 in the year to mid-2008, giving a total of 61,383,000. This amounted to an increase of 0.7%. This compares with a growth rate of 0.2% from 1981-91; 0.3% from 1991-2001; and, 0.5% since 2001. This is an increase of two million people living in the UK in the past 8 years.   … Continue reading

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