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The study by the Pew Research Centre concludes that Europe's Muslim population would continue to grow over the next several decades even if immigration to the continent were halted.Under the 'zero migration' scenario, Muslims would make up 7.4 per cent of Europe's population by 2050 compared to the 4.9 per cent they comprised last year.Under the 'zero migration' scenario, an estimated 30 million Muslims would make up 7.4 per cent of Europe's population by 2050 compared to the 4.9 percent they comprised last year.The researchers said that is mostly because Muslims are on average 13 years younger than other Europeans and also have a higher birthrate.In the medium migration scenario - perhaps the most likely - the UK's Muslim population would rise from 6.3 per cent to 16.7 per cent - around 13 million.The lowest estimate has the share rising to 9.7 per cent, and the highest 17.2 per cent.As of 2016, the UK's share of Muslims was recorded as 6.3 per cent, around 4.1 million people.

Meanwhile, some countries that had comparatively few Muslim residents in 2016 would continue to have few by 2050 in all three scenarios.

Some countries have seen backlashes that have included populist parties campaigning on anti-Islam messages.

The study was based on census and survey data, population registers, immigration data and other sources.

Researchers say that's mostly because the birthrate for Muslims is generally higher than for other Europeans.

Countries including Belgium, France and Italy will see the biggest change in the 'zero migration' scenario because they have young Muslim populations.

Meanwhile, some countries that had comparatively few Muslim residents in 2016 would continue to have few by 2050 in all three scenarios.Some countries have seen backlashes that have included populist parties campaigning on anti-Islam messages.The study was based on census and survey data, population registers, immigration data and other sources.Researchers say that's mostly because the birthrate for Muslims is generally higher than for other Europeans.Countries including Belgium, France and Italy will see the biggest change in the 'zero migration' scenario because they have young Muslim populations.Fanatics from a banned Islamic hate group have launched a nationwide poster campaign denouncing Christmas as evil.