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More births expected for Muslims than Christians worldwide

More births expected for Muslims than Christians worldwide”

The research shows that between 2010 and 2015, the global Muslim population grew by 150 million people to its 2015 figure of 1.8 billion people.

While there will be slightly more babies born to Muslims than Christians between 2030 and 2035 - according to projections - the total Christian population will still be larger.

That turnaround will be driven in part by the fact that the Christian population in some parts of the world, such as Europe, is relatively old, with deaths expected to outnumber births in the years to come. In Germany, between 2010 and 2015, there were an estimated 1.4m more deaths than births among Christians.

This is especially true in Europe, where the number of deaths already is estimated to exceed the number of births among Christians.

People with no religious affiliation are set to shrink as a proportion of the world's population as a result of their declining birthrate and growing numbers of Muslims and Christians.

The share of Christian births is also higher than the Christian share of the population, but only by two percentage points, which helps explain why the Muslim community will nearly catch up to Christians by 2060. Globally, however, the effect of religious switching is overshadowed by the impact of differences in fertility and mortality.

In recent years, more babies have been born to Christians than any other religion.

Muslims gave birth to 213 million children and lost 61 million people to death - a net increase of 152 million.

Among the religiously unaffiliated, births outpaced deaths by around one million. And by 2060, the total number of Muslims and Christians is expected to near parity, with the number of Muslim individuals reaching approximately 3.0 billion (31% of the world's population) and the number of Christian individuals reaching approximately 3.1 billion (32% of the world's population).

The report clarifies that just because it tallies babies born to mothers of certain religions, that doesn't mean that those babies will remain in the religion their mother is affiliated with. The entire global population is expected to increase to 9.6 billion, a jump of 32 percent.

NEW YORK (AP) — In recent years, Christians have had more babies than any other religious group worldwide.

However, these shifts play only a minor role in overall religious population changes. Only 10% of babies were born to religiously unaffiliated mothers between 2010 and 2016, with that group making up around 16% of the world's population. In another earlier report, Pew said that because they have the youngest median age (30) of all religious groups, Muslims are the fastest-growing such group in the world, and by 2050, India will be the country with the world's largest Muslim population, surpassing Indonesia.

But Islam is growing even faster.



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