Proportions of mothers born outside the UK falls for first time in 28 years

By 16 December 2019Children, Law news

The number of births to mothers born outside the UK fell last year for the first time since 1990.

Two years ago 28.4 per cent of live births fell into that category, but this had dropped to 28.2 per cent by 2018 according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Of a total of 471,476 live births, 185,569 were born to the mothers from outside the UK. Poland and Pakistan were the two commonest countries of origin, but the proportion from both nations also fell in 2018.

The majority of foreign-born fathers were also Pakistani. This has been the case for a decade but Romania has now overtaken Poland as the second most common country of origin.

Karen Lilttleboy of the ONS said:

“In 2018, just over one in three children born in England and Wales had at least one parent who was born outside the UK. These parents could be long-time residents who moved here when they were younger, or those who moved to the UK more recently.”

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