Migration boosts EU population by 1.5 million

 Migration boosts EU population by 1.5 million

The population of the European Union grew by 1.5 million in 2016, thanks in part to an influx of refugees, according to figures from the EU out Monday.

As of January 1, the EU’s total population stood at 511.8 million, up from 510.3 million the year before, according to a press release from Eurostat, the EU’s statistics agency.

During the year 2016, as many births as deaths were recorded in the EU (5.1 million), meaning that the natural change of the EU population was neutral. 

The population change (positive, with 1.5 million more inhabitants) was therefore due to net migration.

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