28 Jan '11, 1am

Number of Muslims will grow at twice the rate of non-Muslims over the next 20 years

NEW YORK - A new report forecasts that the number of Muslims around the world will grow over the next 20 years at twice the rate of non-Muslims but that the rapid growth will level off. With more Muslim women getting educations and jobs, people migrating to cities and living standards improving, the birthrate in majority-Muslim countries will come to more closely resemble the pattern in other nations, says the report by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion and Public Life, a non-partisan research group based in Washington. Predictions that Europe will become a majority-Muslim "Eurabia" are also unfounded, according to the report. Muslims in Europe made up only 6 per cent of the population last year and will grow to 8 per cent by 2030. Globally, Muslims now make up 23.4 per cent of the population and, if current trends continue, will reach 26.4 per cent by 2030. Such...

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