Since 1975, 60 million people have joined the ranks of the European’s total population. However, behind this demographic evolution lies a continent getting progressively older.
According to a report on the evolution of the European family by the Institute for Family Policy with Eurostat, a new trend has emerged in the last two years: since native Europeans are having fewer and fewer children, all of the region’s population growth is now due to immigration.
In the last 40 years, the entire European Union, across all 28 member states and including the United Kingdom, has experienced a population growth of 60 million people. Today, the EU has exceeded 511.8 million inhabitants. Over the decade from 2007 until 2017, the European population increased by 13.5 million people.
In the last two decades, however, EU population growth has been almost entirely due to three European heavyweights: France, the United Kingdom, and Spain. These countries alone account for 82%, or 23.3 million people, of the increase. And in fact, 8 EU countries saw their population decrease. Romania is experiencing the strongest population decline, and the East as a whole has lost nearly 3 million people.
The numbers are troubling, to say the least. Every day in Europe, there are 433 new young people under 15, but 4,766 new seniors over 65 years old. Although young people do not account for more than 16% of the total population, those over 65 represent almost 20%: 80 million young people against 100 million seniors. In Europe, one in five people are over 65.