There will be approximately 519.7 million people living in the European Union by 2020, according to United Nations forecasts.
The study analysed the change in each country’s population since 1950 to make their predictions.
Population in nearly all EU member states grew in the past seventy years with just two countries showing population reduction. The populations of Bulgaria and Latvia are predicted to have fallen by 303,000 and 41,000 respectively since 1950.
The 2020 estimations do not take into account the expected decrease in the EU’s population due to the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the EU.
The median age of Europe’s population has also risen significantly.
Compared to 1950, when the median age for these countries was 28.9, the average median for 2020 is predicted to be more than a decade older at 43.
According to these figures, the EU’s youngest country in 2020 will be Cyprus, with a median age of 37. The oldest country in the union is expected to be Italy, with a median age of 47.
The rates of change of these figures are complicated by the fact that 1950s Europe was a wholly different landscape than today’s Europe.
At this time, just six founding members Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands were beginning to unite in order to secure lasting peace following the end of World War Two.
The EU of today is comprised of 28 member states and rapidly growing in population. This trend in Europe is far from unique, says the data. According to the report, every populated continent has undergone a significant population growth since 1950.
By mid-2020, it is predicted that approximately 7794798,739 people will be living on this planet.
Africa and Asia are predicted to be home to more than twice the total population of the remaining four regions combined.
The issue of population increases on these continents is raising concern from humanitarian groups and environmentalists alike.
The World Bank has estimated that over 140 million people will be displaced due to climate change by 2050. Other organisations, however, predict even higher rates of forced migration. ReliefWeb, for example, estimates that as many as one billion or, one-in-nine people will be displaced by environmental causes by 2050.