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European population increases by 1.5 million inhabitants due to net migration increase

European population increases by 1.5 million inhabitants due to net migration increase

Eastern European EU countries saw the largest decline in population. In 2015 alone, more than a million arrived on the shores of Europe triggering social tensions in the region.

To put those figures into context, the average birth rate among European Union member states came in at 10 births per every 1,000 inhabitants - so we were head and shoulders above the average a year ago.

The lowest death rate was in Ireland and Cyprus (6.4 deaths per 1,000 residents), followed by Luxembourg (6.8), Malta (7.6), the Netherlands (8.7), Spain and France (both at 8.8).

January 1 2017 found Bulgaria with a population of 7 101 900, a decrease of 51 900 people in a year, according to figures released by European Union statistics agency Eurostat to mark World Population Day on July 11.

The biggest increase was seen in Luxemburg, where the population rose by 19.8 inhabitants per 1000 people compared to the previous year, followed by Germany and Malta. Sweden's 14.5 per 1,000 residents and Malta's 13.8 per 1,000 residents ranked the second and the third.

These figures were published by Eurostat to mark World Population Day on 7 July.

An increase in immigration contributed to the EU's overall increase in population.

When it comes to total population rise (i.e. natural change plus migration), Ireland had the fourth highest n the European Union (+10.6 per 1,000 residents).

At the opposite end of the scale, Bulgaria (15.1‰), Latvia (14.6‰), Lithuania (14.3‰), Romania and Hungary (both 13.0‰) recorded the highest.

It was followed by Latvia's 9.6 per 1,000 residents and Croatia's 8.7 per 1,000 residents.

In terms of overall increase in population Luxembourg, Malta, Ireland and Lithuania saw the largest rates of population increases in the past year.

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