This very crowded isle: England is most over-populated country in EU
Ministers have indicated that they will be caping immigration next year – although some in the Coalition government are hostile to such a move – they want to see even more people move to the country! Good luck with that…
England is now the most overcrowded country in Europe.
It has more people per square mile than the Low Countries, which has long been the most densely-populated region of the continent, MPs have been told.
Only tiny Malta, an island city state with a population no bigger than that of Bristol, has greater population pressure among the 27 EU members.
The confirmation of England’s position at the head of the European overcrowding league table was given by the highly authoritative House of Commons library, which examined figures from the Office for National Statistics and the EU’s Eurostat.
Officials said that by next year England will have 402.1 people for every square kilometre, overtaking the figure of 398.5 in Holland and 355.2 in Belgium.
The density of the population in England by 2011 will be more than four times that of France, which has 99.4 for each square kilometre.
According to the Commons Library estimates, it will reach double the density of Germany in 20 years’ time, when there will be nearly 460 people for every square kilometre in England against 224 in Germany.
The overcrowding figures come in advance of fresh official figures on immigration and its impact on the size of the population due for release today.
Ministers have promised to bring in a cap on immigration next year to bring numbers of arrivals down to 1990s levels and ease population pressures.
However some members of the Coalition, notably Business Secretary Vince Cable, are hostile to any move to reduce immigration and sympathetic to calls from industry to allow more foreign workers into the country.
The figures have underlined concerns over the effects of rising population on transport and housing, and on both cities and countryside, as numbers rise towards the officially predicted level of 70million by 2029.
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