Myth busted: Muslims do have a far higher population growth rate than other religions

In late 2012, Doug Saunders, an international correspondent with the Globe and Mail newspaper in Canada and author of The Myth of the Muslim Tide: Do Immigrants Threaten the West?, wrote an article i n the Huffington Post where he claimed the following as myth:

Muslims have a higher birth rate than other religions, and will take over the world by population[.]

Claiming this as a myth is entirely inconsistent with the data we have at hand.

In April 2015, the Pew Research Center released a study titled “Why Muslims are the world’s fastest-growing religious group.”

Pew reached the following conclusion, which contradicts Saunders' statements:

The expected growth of Islam around the world is perhaps the most striking finding in the recent Pew Research Center report projecting the future of religious groups. Indeed, Muslims will grow more than twice as fast as the overall world population between 2010 and 2050 and, in the second half of this century, will likely surpass Christians as the world’s largest religious group.

Europe and North American are experiencing the most rapid rates of Islamification by population growth.  Between 2010 and 2015, the fertility rates of Muslims exceeded that of non-Muslims by 40% in Europe, 35% in the Asia-Pacific region, 30% in North America, 24% in sub-Saharan Africa, and 15% in the Middle East and North Africa.

In late 2012, Doug Saunders, an international correspondent with the Globe and Mail newspaper in Canada and author of The Myth of the Muslim Tide: Do Immigrants Threaten the West?, wrote an article i n the Huffington Post where he claimed the following as myth:

Muslims have a higher birth rate than other religions, and will take over the world by population[.]

Claiming this as a myth is entirely inconsistent with the data we have at hand.

In April 2015, the Pew Research Center released a study titled “Why Muslims are the world’s fastest-growing religious group.”

Pew reached the following conclusion, which contradicts Saunders' statements:

The expected growth of Islam around the world is perhaps the most striking finding in the recent Pew Research Center report projecting the future of religious groups. Indeed, Muslims will grow more than twice as fast as the overall world population between 2010 and 2050 and, in the second half of this century, will likely surpass Christians as the world’s largest religious group.

Europe and North American are experiencing the most rapid rates of Islamification by population growth.  Between 2010 and 2015, the fertility rates of Muslims exceeded that of non-Muslims by 40% in Europe, 35% in the Asia-Pacific region, 30% in North America, 24% in sub-Saharan Africa, and 15% in the Middle East and North Africa.