Can the UK cope with a 78m population?
A new survey predicts the UK population will reach 78m by 2051. What will that mean for the UK?
The study by the University of Leeds says by 2051 a growing birth rate, coupled with high levels of immigration from Europe, Australasia and the US, as well as India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, will take the UK population to 78m.
One of the authors, Professor Philip Rees, says the UK's ethnic make-up is "evolving significantly". The report predicts ethnic minorities will make up 20% of a 78m population.
Prof Rees says it's not an exact science: "It is impossible to predict exactly how people will move into, out of and within the country... as all of these trends are influenced by a whole range of socio-economic factors."
Will a more diverse population strengthen the UK? Should the government do anything to limit population growth? How will the increasing population impact on you?
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