MaltaIndependent 24/11/2013: In 2012, Malta registered a 9.1 per cent increase in its population, which on 1 January 2013 amounted to 421,400, the second highest population increase among EU member states of which, no less than 7.4 per cent increase was due to migration.
This was revealed in a Eurostat special release on European demography, published on Monday.
On 1 January 2013, the population of the EU28 was estimated at 505.7
million, compared with 504.6 million on 1 January 2012, Eurostat said.
This means that the population of the EU28 grew by 1.1 million in 2012,
an annual rate of +2.2 per 1,000 inhabitants, due to a natural increase
of 0.2 million (+0.4‰) and net migration of 0.9 million (+1.7‰).
In 2012, 5.2 million babies were born in the EU28. The crude birth rate
was 10.4 per 1000 inhabitants, stable compared with 2011.
The highest birth rates were recorded in Ireland (15.7‰), the United
Kingdom (12.8‰), France (12.6‰), Sweden (11.9‰) and Cyprus (11.8 per
cent), and the lowest in...read on.