The population of the countries that comprise the European Union (EU) is on the rise, but it has nothing to do with the birthrate outpacing the rates of deaths.
It’s because of migration.
According to EURACTIV, Eurostat, the EU’s statistics office, noted the change in the natural population of the body’s 28 nations was, in fact, neutral, in that there were the same number of births and deaths recorded (5.1 million) for year 2016.
It is, therefore, migration to those nations that accounts for the net population increase of 1.5 million last year.
Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, the EU’s chief legislative body, recently suggested to the media that the scope of the migration crisis is actually being “underestimated” by the continent, and that if Europe does not do more to help address the factors driving the surge of migrants, like wars and famine, that “millions of Africans” will be headed Europe’s way in the coming years.
What makes Tajani’s comments significant is that they imply migration to Europe is actually a problem, which differs from the postures of so many other EU-centric politicians who have been quite welcoming of the migrants.
Although several, individual EU countries actually saw drops in population last year, key member nations, like Germany, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, posted big increases (although the UK voted last year to leave the EU, the withdrawal is not scheduled to take place until 2019).
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large