BRITAIN is set to become the most populous European country by 2050 because of migrant numbers, official figures have revealed.
Eurostat, the European Union’s statistical office, predicted the British population to increase by at least 13million – from 64.6million in 2015 to 77.1million in 2050 – and highlighted the population numbers could dramatically fall if immigrants were not in the equation.
Although the EU office did not allude to Brexit issues that are largely concerned on controlling Britain’s borders, Eurostat stressed other EU countries such as Germany have managed to keep their populations under control because of the ageing population that counteracts their high immigrant numbers.
In her New Year’s message, Angela Merkel defended her migrant policies saying it was “important and right” for her country “to help those who really need protection”.
But Theresa May has been under fire for refusing to confirm a hard Brexit stance that could control Britain’s spiralling immigration numbers.
Defending their figures, Eurostat said: “Population projections are what-if scenarios that aim to provide information about the likely future size and structure of the population.
“Eurostat’s population projections are one of several possible population change scenarios based on specific assumptions for fertility, mortality and migration.”
The EU figures – which suggest Britain will overtake France’s notoriously high population by 2030 – come shortly after Migration Watch released their own set of population statistics and urged Mrs May to leave the single market so population numbers could be controlled.
Revealing the British population will increase by more than 12million people over the next 25 years – 75 per cent of which would be attributable to future migrants and their children – Alp Mehmet, the vice chairman of the population think tank said: “This research spells out the very serious consequences for our society if net migration continues at its present scale, with membership of the single market resulting in a relentless increase in our population.
“An increase of anything like 12 million in just 25 years is, quite simply, unacceptable to the British public and certainly not what they voted for in the referendum.”
It comes after Mrs May promised to crackdown on immigration as she said she will “use Brexit to stop EU migrants claiming UK benefits” which would ultimately cut down the numbers coming to Britain.