Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Things will change

This information, which comes from the Daily Telegraph, describes the changes to the demographics of Britain over the next 24 years.

  • The Office for National Statistics say that Britain's population will rise by 10 million by 2037 to 73.3 million.
  • The ONS said 60% of this increase – or 5.8 million – will be due to migration, either directly through new arrivals into the country or indirectly through the impact on the birth rate.
  • The official figures suggest that more than 215,000 immigrants will come to Europe every year, significantly more than David Cameron's plans to cut net immigration to less than 100,000.
  • The number of people aged 80 or older is projected to more than double over the same period to 6.2 million, representing one in 12 people in the UK.
  • The number of people aged over 90 will double, while the number of centenarians will rise from 13,000 to 111,000.
  • The ageing population means that despite the influx of younger immigrants, a lower proportion of the population will be of working age. At present, there are 3.21 people of working age to every pensioner. By 2037, that ratio will have fallen to 2.74 people.

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