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Proportion of births in E & W to mothers born outside the UK falls for the first time since 1990

One in three children born in E & W had at least one parent born outside the UK

In 2018, the proportion of live births in England and Wales to mothers born outside the UK fell for the first time since 1990, decreasing from 28.4 per cent in 2017 to 28.2 per cent. The figures are revealed in statistics released by the Office for National Statistics.

There were 471,476 live births to women born in the UK, and 185,569 live births to women born outside the UK, decreasing by 3.1 per cent and 3.7 per cent respectively compared with 2017.

Poland and Pakistan remained the most common countries of birth for mothers born outside the UK, although the percentage of live births to women born in these countries fell in 2018.

Pakistan has been the most common country of birth for fathers born outside the UK since figures were first produced in 2008. Romania rose up the rankings and replaced Poland as the second most common country of birth for foreign-born fathers in 2018.

Kathryn Littleboy, Vital Statistics Outputs Branch, Office for National Statistics, commented:

"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. However, today's figures also show the first decrease in the proportion of live births in England and Wales to non-UK-born mothers since 1990. And the first decrease for non-UK-born fathers since our time series for them began in 2008."

For the full statistics, click here.

10/10/19