In UK, one baby in four born to migrants

July 22nd, 2010 - 3:08 pm ICT by ANI  

London, July 22 (ANI): One bay in four born in the United Kingdom is born of migrant mothers.

An official breakdown found that 24.7 per cent of children born last year have mothers who were born abroad.

Their numbers have doubled since the late 1990s, The Guardian reports.

The figures produced fresh warnings to ministers that immigration rates must be brought down to avoid the growing threat of overpopulation in Britain.

In 1998 there were 86,456 babies born in England and Wales to mothers born abroad. These mothers are considered likely to be long-term migrants by statisticians.

Last year, the total had reached 174,400, according to the figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Over the same period, the share of babies with foreign-born mothers rose from 13.6 per cent to 24.7 per cent.

The ONS has predicted that the UK population will hit the sensitive 70-million mark in 2029. (ANI)

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