Our changing population…

ONE in four of us in Northern Ireland now die from cancer, and the population – now more than 1.75 million – is the fastest growing in the UK, thanks in large part to immigration, although this might slow if the credit crunch continues. Other interesting nuggets from the 2007 annual report of the Registrar General are that 40% of births are now outside marriage, with more than half in the two biggest cities being outside wedlock, although it’s in the low 20s in some rural towns. Births are up 5%, with immigrant births doubling between 2006 and last year. Policy makers may be interested in future demographic projections here.