Report: Europe's Muslim Population Is Expected To Double By 2030, Don't Freak Out

The latest Pew Forum report projects a huge Muslim population increase in Europe

According to the latest report, the number of Muslims in Europe "has grown from 29.6 million in 1990 to 44.1 million in 2010." The Pew Research Centre has projected a Muslim population growth to a whopping 58 million by 2030 (can you say, insha'Allah!) Critics have immediately taken the extremist card thinking that Islam is being forcefully spread. Great assumptions has been published that just because Islam is growing, everybody else is supposedly shrinking. However, by 2030, and with the larger Muslim population, Islam may still be the second fastest growing religion behind Christianity.

More Muslim Statistics

"Muslims today account for about 6% of Europe’s total population, which is up from 4.1% in 1990. By 2030, Muslims are expected to make up 8% of Europe’s population. Although Europe’s Muslim population is growing, Europe’s share of the global Muslim population will remain quite small. Less than 3% of the world’s Muslims are expected to be living in Europe in 2030, about the same portion as in 2010 (2.7%).

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The number of Muslims in Europe is expected to grow by about the same amount in the next 20 years as it did in the previous two decades. From 1990 to 2010, the number of Muslims in Europe increased by about 14.5 million. In the next 20 years, the number of Muslims in the region is forecast to increase by roughly 14 million, albeit from a higher base. - Pew Research Centre
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Europe’s Muslim population will continue to grow at a faster pace than its non-Muslim population, which has been decreasing. As a result, Muslims are expected to make up a growing share of Europe’s total population."

Countries in Europe
Spotlight on Russia:

Russia has the largest Muslim population in absolute numbers in all of Europe. The number of Muslims in Russia is projected to increase from about 16.4 million in 2010 to about 18.6 million in 2030.

Russia will continue to be the European country with the largest Muslim population in the next 20 years. The number of Muslims in Russia is expected to grow from 16.4 million in 2010 to 18.6 million in 2030. Muslims are projected to make up 14.4% of Russia’s total population in 2030, up from 11.7% in 2010.

Muslims In Britain

The United Kingdom is expected to have the largest increase in the number of Muslims in Europe in the next 20 years. This is also part of the great conversion rate to Islam by British men and women.
The number of Muslims in the U.K. is projected to almost double from 2.9 million in 2010 to 5.6 million in 2030. By 2030, Muslims are expected to make up 8.2% of the U.K.’s population, up from 4.6% in 2010. 
The United Kingdom is forecast to have roughly the same number of Muslims as Germany by 2030.

  • France’s Muslim population is expected to climb from 4.7 million in 2010 to 6.9 million in 2030. 
  • Germany’s Muslim population is expected to increase from 4.1 million to 5.5 million during this period. 
  • Although Italy, Sweden, Spain, Belgium and Austria have smaller numbers of Muslims than the U.K., Germany and France, their Muslim populations are forecast to grow significantly in the next 20 years. 
  • The Muslim populations in Italy and Sweden are projected to more than double in size, while those in Spain, Belgium and Austria will likely increase significantly.

Though Ireland has a relatively small Muslim population, it is expected to have the largest percentage increase in Europe in the number of Muslims. Ireland's Muslim population is projected to increase by almost 188%.

Other European countries expected to have percentage increases of more than 100% include Finland, Norway, Sweden and Italy. Countries projected to have percentage increases of 50-100% include the United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium, Austria and Switzerland.

The Republic of Macedonia is projected to have the largest increase in the portion of its population that is Muslim. By 2030, Muslims are expected to make up 40.3% of Macedonia’s population, up 5.4 percentage points from 2010 (34.9% Muslim). In Sweden, the Muslim share of the population is projected to increase by five percentage points, from 4.9% in 2010 to 9.9% in 2030."

For the full report read {Pew Forum: The Future Of Global Muslims}


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