EAST Renfrewshire’s population is set to boom to more than 100,000 within the next decade, according to new figures.

Research by National Records Scotland shows that the number of people living in the area will rise from its current total of 93,810.

However, due to the impending loss of overseas migration post-Brexit, the rise of 7,400 people to 100,958 is expected to primarily result from internal migration to East Renfrewshire.

This will be in part down to 8,200 people from other council areas in Scotland expected to make the switch to East Renfrewshire.

Scottish Government bosses say this is a result of East Renfrewshire becoming an increasingly appealing place to live.

A spokeswoman for the Scottish Government said: “It’s encouraging to see that East Renfrewshire is an attractive place to move to, with the latest statistics projecting 7,400 more people moving to the area than leaving by 2026.”

Despite this increase, projections show that a post-Brexit Scotland could result in decreases in overseas migration, with a reduction of 800 people coming from abroad.

East Renfrewshire is projected to have the fourth highest percentage change in population size out of the 32 council areas in Scotland, overtaking Moray to become the 22nd largest.

People in East Renfrewshire can also expect to see a shift in population demographics, with an ageing population a large part of this change.

By 2026, there is expected to be a 27 per cent increase in the number of residents over the age of 75.

According to the figures, the 45 to 64 age group will see the largest percentage decrease, with a drop of nearly six per cent.

While total net migration may be on the up, the number of people moving to East Renfrewshire from overseas and the rest of the UK is set to drop, with a loss of 800 overseas migrants expected by 2026.

This projection may be down in part to the impending loss of EU migrants as a result of Brexit.

The Scottish Government expressed worry that this could negatively affect the needs of people across the country.

The spokeswoman added: “Scotland remains an outward looking and welcoming nation and benefits economically, socially and culturally from the vital role migrants play in our society.

“As Brexit draws closer, it is vital that Scotland has the powers it needs to attract the people it needs as our population ages.”