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The duel: Is the UK overpopulated?

One contributor says it's time to wake up to demographic reality. The other warns against anti-migrant scaremongering—and questionable economic assumptions. Who is right?

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Yes—Robin Hodgson

Certainly by the standards of western Europe. The citizens of Hong Kong and Bangladesh live far more densely, but I doubt whether the citizens of the UK would wish to live similarly. And we must anticipate, unless policy changes, that the UK’s population density will continue to increase. This natural growth—the excess of births over deaths—currently runs at 115,000 per annum. Those children will in due course need schools, homes, offices and hospitals.

In the late 1990s, when…

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