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ONS publishes annual statistics on live births in England and Wales

Date:1 SEP 2014
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The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published its annual statistics on live births, which includes countries of birth for non-UK born mothers and fathers.

The statistics include the 10 most common countries of birth for non-UK born mothers and fathers, the age of mothers by country of birth as well as estimated total fertility rates for UK born women and non-UK born women. The percentage of births to non-UK born mothers is also provided at local authority level.

The key findings are:
  • Over a quarter of births (26.5%) in 2013 were to mothers born outside the UK - a slight increase from 2012 (25.9%).
  • The number of live births in England and Wales to UK-born women decreased by 5.0% compared with 2012, while live births to non-UK born women fell by 2.1%. This represents a change from the general trend of increasing numbers of births to both UK and non-UK born women over the previous decade.
  • The total fertility rate (TFR) for UK-born women has fallen to 1.79 from 1.90 in 2012.
  • The TFR for non-UK-born women has fallen to 2.19 from 2.29 in 2012.
  • Poland, Pakistan and India were the three most common countries of birth for non-UK-born mothers in 2013.
  • Pakistan remains the most common country of birth for non-UK-born fathers between 2008 and 2013, followed by Poland and India.
  • Newham remains the local authority with the highest percentage of births to non-UK-born women (76.1%) in 2013. South Staffordshire has the lowest percentage (3.5%).
Click here to read the full Statistical Bulletin.
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