UK to be most-populous EU nation by 2060

Aug 27 | Updated: Aug 29 2008, 05:22am hrs
Britain will become the most- populous country in Europe by 2060 as immigrants to the nation have more children and Germany's population shrinks.

The UK population will swell to almost 77 million from the current 61 million in the next half-century, according to projections releasedon Tuesday by the European Union statistics office in Luxembourg. Germany, currently the biggest EU state with 82 million people, will shrink to 71 million and France will become the second-most populous country with 72 million, according to the report. The projections reflect a wave of migration to the UK that has bolstered both the workforce and fertility rates in the nation. Europe's birth rate will decline over the next 50 years, the report showed.