Keep in mind yesterday's title, "Immmigration and rising birthrate to push UK population to 90 million by 2050" (which hasn't been changed despite it being inaccurate according to their own evidence)
Rising immigration could double population of Britain by 2081
Says the headline
By 2081, 74 years from now, the population will have almost doubled to just under 109million, they said.
Says the article.
Dear Daily Mail,
I understand you're not particularly good at maths, or perspective. So allow me to give you a hand.
The current population of Britain varies depending who you ask. It's somewhere between 58.8m as of mid-2006 (wiki -> national stats), and a lot higher if we believe that 3 trillion immigrants enter a day as you insist.
Let's go with 58.8m even though it's a year out of date.
Now, double 58.8 and you get 117.6
109m is 92.6% of 117.6m, that's a 7.4% difference. On the figure of 117.6m, 7.4% is not "just under", it's 8,600,000 people.
Since the population is higher than 58.8m, it's actually even more then 7.4% / 8.6m
And that's assuming that the latest set of "pluck it out of our arses" projections are correct.
I do admire the Mail though, they cleverly use the word "could".
Imagine the headlines they could concoct by combining "could" and a pair of ''
Immigration 'could increase population to 1 billion by 2200'
And by 1 billion they would of course mean about 926 million.