Babies born to Indian mothers at record high: UK

Babies born in Britain to foreign mothers, including those from India, are at a record high, according to official figures released on Friday.

Last Updated: Aug 27, 2010, 18:10 PM IST

London: Babies born in Britain to foreign
mothers, including those from India, are at a record high,
according to official figures released on Friday.

The three countries where mothers were born and those
who gave the highest number of births in Britain are India,
Pakistan and Poland, the Office of National Statistics said.

The figures are expected to be exploited to groups
opposed to immigration. One in four births in England and
Wales last year were to a mother born overseas.

They accounted for 174,174 births, representing 24.7
per cent of the 706,248 new arrivals in 2009.

That was the highest proportion since the nationality
of mothers started being recorded in 1969 and has doubled in
the last 20 years alone.

The trend is also likely to continue growing because
birth rates are higher among foreign mothers while the actual
number of births to British mothers, while still the major
proportion, fell by 2,463 last year.

In Newham, east London, foreign-born mothers accounted
for 75.7 per cent of births last year, followed closely by
Brent, north London, where they made up 73.4 per cent.

Migrant mothers also account for more births the older
they get.

Of the 1,619 children born to a woman aged 45 or over
last year, nearly 30 per cent was made up by foreign mothers,
the ONS said.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch, said:
"This is crystal clear evidence of the huge impact of mass
immigration on not only the size but the nature of our
population".

PTI

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