WASHINGTON - The number of Canadians of Muslim faith should grow and represent 6.6 percent of the total population by 2030, predicts the Forum on Religion & Public Life, Pew Research Center.
According to U.S. research center, Muslims accounted for 2.8 percent of all Canadians last year.
In a report released Thursday, the Pew Research Center says the number of Muslims in Canada in 1990 was $ 313,000, or 1.1 percent of the entire population of the time. Last year, this proportion had risen to 2.8 percent, for a total of 940 000 Muslims.
The Center argues that Canada will have, by 2030, more than 2.6 million Muslims.
Also, according to the Pew Research Center, the number of Muslims worldwide is expected to increase by about 35 percent by 2030 from 1.6 billion in 2010 to 2.2 billion people.
The number of followers of Islam worldwide is expected to grow over the next two decades, two times faster than people outside the Muslim religion. According to the Pew Research Center, the average annual growth will be 1.5 percent for Muslims and 0.7 for non-Muslims.
If the trend continues, Muslims represent, advance the Pew Research Center, 26.4 percent of the projected world population in 2030 (8.3 billion), compared to 23.4 percent of the estimated world population in 2010 (6.9 billion people).
The report, which includes a short, interactive maps and data tables can be viewed at the website of the Forum on Religion & Public Life.