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Brit Jews shrinking

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2004-07-01


The Jewish population in the UK is set to dramatically shrink over the next 20 years, a new study claims.

The report, The Jewish People 2004: Between Thinking and Decline was presented to the Israeli parliament and says that the current Jewish population of around 270,000 to 300,000 will drop to around 240,000.

Various reasons are given including people emigrating to other countries as well as an increase in assimilation and interfaith marriages.

The report from the Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) says of the UK:

"The UK has declined demographically resulting mainly from emigration, interfaith marriage and the negative balance in natural population growth. There has been a significant rise in interfaith marriage, with 38 per cent of all married men, and 50 per cent of Jewish women under 30, marrying non-Jewish partners.”

Other countries which will also shrink are the USA which in 1970 had 5,686,000, by 2003 that figure was 5,671,000. In 2020 it is expected that the Jewish population will drop to 5,581,000.

Meanwhile, Canada is set to continue growth which in 1970 had 286,000 Jews. In 2003 that figure was 371,000 and in 2020 it is expected to rise to 381,000.

The report authors also added: "Jewish population growth approached zero, at 13 million people in 2004. Between 1970 and 2003 the world's total population grew by nearly 2.5 billion, an increase of over 70 percent. In contrast, the total Jewish population increased by only 250,000, or two percent."