London - UK Facing Charedi Population Boom By 2031, Study Finds
London - Charedi Jews are poised to constitute 50 percent of Jewish babies and 30 percent of young adults born in Britain by the year 2031, according to a report issued by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research entitled, “Strictly Orthodox Rising.”
Because of the high birth rate in the Charedi community, Charedi children currently make up 30 percent of all Jewish children in Britain even though Charedim statistically represent less than one in six of British Jews.
Study authors Daniel Staetsky and Jonathan Boyd say they analyzed data from the 2011 Census, along with community surveys to reach their conclusions. They found that the Charedi community is increasing at a rate of 4.8 percent a year with an average of seven births per mother, while the non-Charedi population of Jews is declining by 0.3 percent.
The study also found that the Charedi birth rate was more than three times that of the Jewish number of 1.98 percent in England and Wales and the national population of 1.93 percent. English and Welsh Muslims made up 3.25 percent and Christians came in at just 1.53 percent.
As a result of the high birth rate and above average number of young adults, the study warns of a “youth bulge,” and that Charedi youth may be inclined toward “social and political unrest and growth in criminality, especially in the absence of attractive employment prospects.”
However, the Interlink Foundation, an Orthodox charity, debunked this notion, calling the findings unsound and the data inaccurate. Interlink says the Charedi population is closer to 58,500, not the 43,571 figure the Institute used for its study, meaning Charedi births will reach or exceed 50 percent well before the year 2031.
Interlink also condemned the “reprehensible” notion that Charedi youth would turn to a life of crime as a result of their large numbers, and expressed concerned that the tone of the report may have “possible malicious uses,” against Jews. “Whatever economic issues face the Charedi community – and in other parts of the world they are much more severe than in the UK – they have never remotely been linked to social and political unrest and criminality,” The Foundation said.
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