UK population expected to cross the threshold of 70 million in 2031

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According to the Office for National Statistics, the UK population is expected to cross the threshold of 70 million by mid-2031.

The UK population will experience an increase of 4.5% over the next 10 years, hitting the 9.4 million in mid-2028 and 70 million by the middle of 2031.

The population of England was estimated at 66.4 million last year.

An ageing population is also foreseen. Throughout the next 25 years, the number of people over 85 will almost double.

The ONS also anticipates a fall in the annual growth rate of the population, from 0.60% in mid-2019 to 0.27% by mid-2043. This conclusion is reached based on assumptions that the number of children to be born will be less following the recent falls in fertility rates, and a slower rate of increase in life expectancy.

Anna Dixon, the chief executive at the Centre for Ageing Better, explained that, “these longer lives are a huge opportunity but big changes are needed to our workplaces, homes, health services and communities if we are to ensure everyone is able to age well”.

“We also need to rethink our attitudes to age and tackle the ageist attitudes which hold back too many people from enjoying a good later life,” she added.

International migration in UK in 10 years

ONS also highlighted that the Net international migration will account for 73% of the UK population growth in 10 years, while more births than deaths could count for 27%, as relates News Sky.

Over the next decade, about 5.4 million people will settle long-term in the UK, while 3.3 million will immigrate elsewhere. Approximately 7.2 million children are expected to be born, and 6.4 million people will die.

The ONS said: “Although migration declines at first and the number of births is stable, the number of deaths is projected to grow as those born in the baby boom after World War Two reach older ages.

“The population is increasingly ageing and this trend will continue.

“However, because of the expected rise in the state pension age to 67 years, it is projected that slightly fewer than one in five people will be of pensionable age in 2028, a similar proportion to today.”

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