By Max Clarke

The UK’s rate of population growth is increasing, having jumped by nearly half a million in 2 years.

The rate of increase since 2001 has reached 0.6%, up from 0.3% during the previous decade, and from 0.2% prior to 1991.

Natural change- the net difference between births and deaths- is in part responsible for this jump, as is an increase in net migration peaking around 2005.

Natural change had been the biggest contributor to this increase, though it was surpassed by migration despite increasing numbers of births. This increase in births has been fuelled by an increase of women of childbearing age, due in part to the migration of young adults, as well as an overall increase in fertility.

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