Number of British Muslims will double to 5.5m in 20 years
The Muslim population in the UK will almost double to 5.5million within 20 years, it is claimed. Nearly one in ten Britons will be Muslim by 2030, according to a worldwide study about the spread of Islam.
And the forecasts mean Britain would have more Muslims than Kuwait and close to the number found in the U.S., even though five times as many people live there.
In the U.S., the number of Muslims will more than double by 2030 - rising to 6.2million from 2.6million today because of immigration and high birth rates.
From 1990 to 2010 the number of followers of the Islamic faith globally increased at an average rate of 2.2 per cent annually. Last year there were 1.57billion around the world.
The British increase in the Muslim population from the current 2.8million will be mainly driven by immigration, according to figures prepared by a Washington think tank.
Projections by the respected Pew Research Centre said the 40 years between 1990 and 2030 will see a fivefold rise in Britain.
In 1990 there were 1.1million Muslims in Britain, representing two per cent of the population.
By last year that figure had risen to 2.8million, or four per cent. By 2030 the number will hit 5.5million - eight per cent of an estimated 68million population, Pew researchers said.
Last May, official figures showed that there could be 70million people in Britain by 2029 - largely fuelled by the migrant boom.