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24/08/06
UK Population Tops 60 million
- Record broken with biggest annual rise since 1962

UK Population Tops 60 millionTHE UK's BOOMING economy is feeding a surge in the country's population.

For the first time since records began the UK now has in excess of 60 million people. The Office for National Statistics reports that from June last year the population rose by 0.6% - the fastest rise since 1962 - to 60.2 million.

The major cause for the recent boost appears to be net migration.
"Since the late 1990s, although there has still been natural increase, net international migration into the UK from abroad has been an increasingly important factor in population change" say The Office for National Statistics.

Although hundreds of thousands of Brits have left the country over the past few years, many Europeans have entered the UK to take advantage of the high employment rates and strong economy.

Contrary to recent press hoo-hah, not all these European immigrants are from the new-EU 'accession' countries of the east. While these account for 427,000 of immigrants since 2004, the figures for western and southern European immigrants are not individually recorded or measured.

However, high youth unemployment in France, Germany, Italy and Spain has encouraged many young people from these countries to start their careers in London and elsewhere in the UK.

The new UK population figures:

England: 50,431,700
Wales: 2,958,600
Scotland: 5,094,800
Northern Ireland: 1,724,400

UK Total: 60,209,500

The Office for National Statistics



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