A study by the Pew Research Centre suggests that the Muslim population of the United Kingdom will triple within the next 30 years.
The model, which assumed median migration levels during this period (with migration continuing but the influx of refugees stopping), showed that the number of Muslims would increase from 4.1 million in 2016 to 13 million by 2050, as reported by The Telegraph. This will amount to 16.7% of the total population, and will give the UK the highest overall population of Muslims in Europe. It is currently behind France and Germany in that regard.
Pew Research noted that the UK has become the preferred destination for economic migrants coming into Europe. Between 2010 and 2016, the UK only took in 60,000 refugees, whereas it absorbed 1.5 million immigrants. And 43% of all migrants entering the UK during this period were Muslims.
The trend is being further exacerbated by the fact that Muslim women give birth to an average of 2.9 children, whereas non-Muslims only have a fertility rate of 1.8. Thus, the percentage of the British population that is Muslim would continue to rise sharply even if all immigration into the country were halted.
The Pew study also suggested that the UK has one of the lowest levels of hostility toward Syrian and Iraqi refugees. Slightly more than 1 in 3 Brits see them as a “major threat,” compared to 39% in France, 42% in Spain, and 60% in Poland.
It is already being anticipated that white British citizens are fast becoming a minority in some areas of the UK. Projections indicate that in next year’s census, the city of Birmingham will likely have become more than 50% non-white, as previously reported by Voice of Europe.