Babies to foreign mothers at record levels
The proportion of babies born to foreign mothers is at a record high, with migrants accounting for three quarters of births in some parts of the country.
One in four births in England and Wales last year were to a mother born overseas, according to the Office for National Statistics.
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 figures demonstrate how immigration can drive up the population beyond just the direct inflow of migrants.
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, some 30 per cent was made up by foreign mothers.
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.
“It is deeply worrying to a great many people but there is still a reluctance to discuss it, let alone address it.”
The three most common countries of birth of non-UK born mothers were Pakistan, Poland and India, as has been the case since 2007, the figures showed.