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01 SEP 2014

ONS publishes annual statistics on live births in England and Wales

ONS publishes annual statistics on live births in England and Wales
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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