Muslims to make up quarter of world's projected population of 8.3billion. 72 countries already have one million or more Muslims. U.S. to have more Muslims than Kuwait by 2030
The Muslim population in the U.S. will more than double to 6.2million in the next 20 years, it has been claimed.
Immigration and high birth rates could see the number of Muslims rise to 1.7 per cent of the total population by 2030 - roughly the same number of Jewish people in the U.S. And the forecasts will mean the U.S. will have more Muslims than Kuwait.
Rising: Nearly one in ten people in Britain will be Muslim by 2030 because of immigration and high birth rates. The report comes amid continuing debate over the views of Muslims in Britain and attitudes towards them.
From 1990 to 2010 the number of followers of the Islamic faith around the world increased at an average rate of 2.2 per cent annually. Last year there were 1.57billion around the world.
The U.S. increase from the current 2.6million will be mainly driven by immigration, according to figures prepared by a Washington think tank.
Although several European countries will have substantially higher percentages of Muslims, the U.S. is projected to have a larger number by 2030 than any European country other than Russia and France.
That represents an increase from 0.8 per cent as of last year, with a total population of around 300million people.
The projections, in a report by the respected Pew Research Centre, also revealed that one in four migrants to the UK are Muslims and that in 20 years the number of Muslims in the country will hit 5.5million.
In Canada, the number is set to nearly treble to 2.7million in 2030, from 940,000 at present, the study found.
'The greatest increases in the Muslim share of the population - driven primarily by continued migration - are likely to occur in Western and Northern Europe, where Muslims will be approaching double-digit percentages of the population in several countries,' it said.
The Pew report warned the political change in the U.S. could limit immigration into the country.
It cited high birth rates and said that 'generally, Muslim populations tend to have higher fertility rates than non-Muslim populations'.
It added: 'A larger share of the Muslim population is in, or soon will enter, the prime reproductive years between the ages of 15 and 29.
'Also, improved health and economic conditions in Muslim-majority countries have led to greater-than-average declines in infant and child mortality rates, and life expectancy is rising even faster in Muslim-majority countries than in other less-developed countries.'
The number of Muslims under the age of 15 was also forecast to more than triple in the U.S. to 1.8million in the same period.
The study found two-thirds of Muslims in the U.S. were first-generation immigrants, but by 2030 45 per cent were expected to be born in the U.S.
Pakistan and Bangladesh were the top countries of origin for Muslim immigrants to the U.S.
By 2030 Muslims will make up 26 per cent of the world’s projected population of 8.3billion, up from 23 per cent of the estimated 2010 world population of 6.9billion, it said.
Those figures represent an increase from 1.6billion in 2010 to 2.2billion in 2030, a rise of 35 per cent.
The analysis comes amid continuing debate over the views of Muslims in Britain and attitudes towards them.
The study was based on past demographic trends and estimations on what will happen to them over the next 20 years.