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Muslims to make up 10% of European population by 2050: Pew study

Ahram Online , Friday 3 Apr 2015
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Muslim women join hands to form a human shield as they stand outside a synagogue in Oslo February 21, 2015. More than 1000 Muslims formed a human shield around Oslo's synagogue. (Photo:Reuters)
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Muslims in Europe will make up 10 percent of the overall population by the year 2050, and will outnumber Christians worldwide by 2070, according to a forecast issued by Pew research centre on Thursday.

A report by the US-based organisation aimed to predict the future makeup of the world's population in terms of religious identity between the years 2010-2050.

“Muslims have an average of 3.1 children per woman—the highest rate of all religious groups," said Conrad Hackett, the author of the study.

Christians are second, with 2.7 children per woman, Hindus have 2.4 children per woman, and Jews have an average of 2.3 children per woman, the study shows.

The report also forecasts that Muslims will become the second-largest religious group in the United States by 2050, as Christians will decline from more than three-quarters of the population in 2010 to two-thirds in 2050, and Judaism will no longer be the largest non-Christian religion.

The number of Christians in Europe is expected to decrease by about 100 million people to 454 million in the same period.

Hackett states that fertility rates and migration are key factors behind the projected changes.

To account for changing policies on migration, the study looks at projected scenarios with and without migration in regions where it has the greatest impact.

“In Europe, for instance, the Muslim share of the population is expected to increase from 5.9% in 2010 to 10.2% in 2050 when migration is taken into account along with other demographic factors that are driving population change, such as fertility rates and age. Without migration, the Muslim share of Europe’s population in 2050 is projected to be nearly two percentage points lower (8.4%).”  

The study was primarily based on census and survey data.

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Neo
04-04-2015 04:21pm
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Opportunity for Modernizing Islam
This massive growth puts more pressure on Muslims to modernize Islam to adapt to the 21st century. European Muslims have to chart a new course away from the backward doctrines shackling their forefather’s lands. As to racists, bigots, and Nazis; they made a mistake once with the Jewish people, and they paid dearly for it, let’s hope they’ve learned the lesson!
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expat
04-04-2015 06:12pm
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@neo
:) check for the fun for yourself once the statistics of islam migration to europe. There is nothing bigot or racist to it,to tell the truth,the most of them were invited to do easy,unskilled labour, which the local force didnt want to do anymore...and unfortunately they came from ares(for example turkey),where the worst backwards islam was taught and lived...so what you think,you will get from this roots religiously?...never mind the professors/engineers etc migrating for work purpose,they are welcomned,but this makes maybe 2% of the whole problem...and one more thing,don't get anything wrong,once a fight for one's own country starts, it will get rough and nasty,history tends to recalls itself
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expat
04-04-2015 09:44am
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another sad news for europe...
first an extention to the exzess with greece etc, now the increasing of unqualified migrants to a disturbing %..our politicians seem to ignore,how freedom is treated in ALL muslim countries...they should watch, how christian minorities are treated in muslim countries,its their duty to avoid anything near to this !
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expat
04-04-2015 09:12pm
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the message gets clearer by the day and more and more europeans get on board of the war ships...
and to make it easy for "settlers" of the middle east....better go NOW,as it is still peaceful...we are skilled and trained labour with technical skills as well....numbers can be handled and composed..no worries about that,just dont try to tell us,what we have to accept in our own countries,folks from the east and northern africa
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