The 2014 - 2015 JW statistics showed a peak publisher decline of 884 with the average publisher tally showing a gain of 183.
The 2017 yearbook is now available via jw.org and the statistics for Britain show a 2016 peak publisher increase of 630 and an average publisher increase of a paltry 26!
Nothing to shout about on the part of the followers of Caiaphas in the Britain branch. Indeed, the figures probably hide a very significant decline in Britain. I say this because immigration is a very talked about subject on various media outlets in Britain. Recent years have seen an influx of many hundreds of thousands of immigrants.
This high immigration is reflected in the increasing numbers of foreign language groups and congregations in Britain. For example...
Polish - 32
Portuguese - 26
Spanish - 18
Russian - 10
Filipino - 8
The above are just a few examples of foreign language congs/groups via jw.org. Take away this influx and most assuredly Britain's JW population is in decline.
What could be contributing to the decline in the British context.....
*Consider the aberrant conduct of many BoE's. Brits like fair play - not bullies.
*Consider the heavy influence to use digital media instead of hardcopy Bible's and hymn books. Scrolling hymns on a large screen karaoke style just isn't British either.
*Consider the silly videos of shadow people - banal and boring.
*Consider the Faithful and Discreet Slave's incursion into kingdom hall's via video. Hardly discreet! Not faithful to anyone but themselves either! If they were really faithful to God's Word they wouldn't be having all those changes in doctrine. No, they're not so much faithful as they are capricious!
I strongly believe that before long, not even the pattern of immigration to Britain will emasculate the decline in JW numbers here. Time will tell!