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The immigration baby boom: One in SIX of all new European babies is now born in the UK

  • New figures reveal one in six European Union babies are born in Britain
  • Of the 5.1million babies born in the EU in 2014, 775,900 were born in UK
  • This is a 16 per cent increase on the number of babies born in 2001
  • ONS figures show 904,000 EU migrants have come to Britain since 2010

One in six of all European babies is now born in the UK, according to new figures which show the number of births in Britain has increased by 16 per cent in just 15 years.

The high birth rate is believed to be increasing partly because of migrant mothers, who are increasing in number, and whose birth rate is a fifth higher than women born on the UK.

The figures have prompted concerns for schools, councils and the NHS, which are already struggling to cope with a population boom caused by high net migration and people living longer.

Of the 5.1million babies that were born in the European Union in 2014 775,900 were born in Britain, compared to just 669,123 in 2001 - giving it the second highest birth rate (Pictured: Fertility rates in the UK are also up)

Of the 5.1million babies that were born in the European Union in 2014 775,900 were born in Britain, compared to just 669,123 in 2001 – giving it the second highest birth rate in the EU.

The figures published by EuroStat on births in the EU also shows Britain’s fertility rate rose to become Europe’s fourth highest.

Among EU member states France recorded the highest number of births at 819,300, followed by the UK, and then Germany at 714,900 and Italy at 502,600.

Meanwhile data for fertility rates showed that women in the UK were having more children on average – up from 1.63 per mother in 2001 to 1.81 in 2014.

The figures were released shortly after the Office of National Statistics revealed some 904,000 EU migrants have arrived in Britain since June 2010.

Population Matters’ Chief Executive Simon Ross said: ‘An increase in the number of births of one sixth in just over ten years is a matter for concern.

The high birth rate is believed to be increasing partly because of migrant mothers, who are increasing in number, and whose birth rate is a fifth higher than women born on the UK

‘A high birth rate, combined with high net migration and people living longer, means more pressure on housing, services and transport.

‘England’s high birth rate is driven partly by migrant mothers, who are increasing in number, and whose birth rate is a fifth higher than women born on the UK.

‘They now account for more than one in four births in England and Wales. The government should do more to encourage smaller families.- this might include improved family planning services and limiting universal support for larger families.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3494865/One-SIX-new-European-babies-born-UK.html

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