Despite rising deaths and falling births in the UK, the country's population stood at 66.4million in 2018, thanks to immigration.
The UK has immigration to thank as its births reach a 10-year low and deaths is at its highest since the beginning of the century. International inflows offset the shortfall which could have led to serious concerns across the board, the latest official figures revealed.
According to the figures released, the UK population increased by 0.6 percent over 12 months that ended in June 2018. The same growth rate was recorded in the previous year, an annual growth rate which still remains slower than figures recorded since mid-2004 according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
At the end of June 2018, 66,436,000 people were estimated to be residing in the UK.
In comparison to the previous year, 2017, births in the UK dropped to 744,000, a 2 percent fall. This figure represents the lowest recorded since 2006. On the other side of the balance, deaths broke a twenty-year record by reaching 623,000, a 20,000 year-on-year increase.
Hence the net natural population adjustment stood at 121,000, the lowest since 2004. This shortfall was made up for by 275,000 net immigration. It represented the fifth consecutive year international immigration will supersede natural additions.
Compared to 2017 figures, immigration was up by 45,000 and is higher than inflows in the last five years.
Commenting on the figures, head of the ONS population estimates unit - Neil Park - emphasized that it is the fifth consecutive year that net international migration would contribute more to population change than natural factors. On the overall, he said population change to mid-2018 was relatively stable as the increase recorded in international immigration was adjusted by falling births and rising deaths.
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