UK population growth slowest since 2004 as migration cancelled out by fewer births and more deaths

·Freelance Writer
UK population growth has stalled, figures have shown (PA)
UK population growth has stalled, figures have shown (PA)

New figures show that the UK population has risen to 66.4 million - but the growth rate has stalled.

According to data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), there were an estimated 66,436,000 people living in the country at the end of June last year.

However, the growth rate remained the same as the previous year.

The population of the UK has risen to 66.4 million, according to the Office of National Statistics (PA)
The population of the UK has risen to 66.4 million, according to the Office of National Statistics (PA)

The UK population rose year-on-year over the 12 months to the middle of 2018 by 0.6%, with the annual growth rate remaining slower than any year since mid-2004.

With the fewest births and highest deaths in a decade, Neil Park, head of the ONS population estimates unit, put net international migration as a bigger driver of population change.

He said: "However, overall population change to the year mid-2018 has remained fairly stable as an increase in net international migration has been roughly matched by the fewest births in over a decade and the highest number of deaths since the turn of the century.”

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Figures released in 2018 showed in the 12 months leading to the middle of 2017, the number of UK inhabitants increased by 392,000 – the lowest rate of growth since 2004.

The ONS said at the time that Brexit may have been a factor, saying there had been a decrease in the number of people immigrating to look for work.

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