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Jersey's population soars

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JERSEY’S population soared by 1,200 last year – and now stands at an estimated 106,800, according to new figures.

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And net migration – the difference between the number of people leaving and settling in the Island – accounted for 1,100 of the rise.

Net migration has now exceeded 1,000 people for the fourth year in a row, which is unprecedented. The population has risen by 11,400 in the last decade.

In the face of growing concerns over the number of people moving to Jersey and the pressure it places on the Island’s infrastructure, Chief Minister John Le Fondré has promised that initial proposals for a population policy will be lodged with the States this autumn.

A series of reports have recently outlined the potential impact on the Island if immigration continues at current levels.

Jersey Water recently warned that demand could increase by 17% to 24 million litres per day by 2045 and has even placed the possibility of building a new reservoir among its options to address the issue.

Last year the Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel, then chaired by Senator Le Fondré, warned that ten new schools may be needed by 2035.

And the latest Future Housing Needs survey outlined a requirement of an additional 2,750 homes by 2021 to meet additional housing demand.

Ian Heath

By Ian Heath
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