EU immigrants responsible for 1 in 10 births

It looks as if the UK will address it’s labour shortage in 20 years with immigrant births now. It will take the same length of time to train sufficient doctors and nurses.. Manpower planning by successive administrations has been a disgrace..

 Richard Ford reports in The Times 17th March 2016: EU immigrants responsible for 1 in 10 births

Britain tops the 28 EU nations as having the highest number of births to mothers from elsewhere in the union.

Almost one in ten births in the UK in 2014 were to citizens of another EU country, an increase on the previous year.

The figures were disclosed in official estimates from Eurostat showing that one in six of births in the EU in 2014 took place in the UK. Overall 775,908 babies were born in Britain, the second highest figure after France, which had almost 820,000.

Britain’s place at the top of the list for births to mothers from other EU countries is a reflection of the high level of migration from European countries over the past 12 years. A total of 73,884 births in 2014 were to mothers from other EU states, up from 70,396 the year before. This compared with 71, 285 in Italy and 43,350 in Germany in 2014, the Eurostat figures showed.

Immigrant birth rates

The statistics also showed that a further 62,224 births in the UK were to mothers who were citizens of countries outside the EU. France topped the list on births to mothers who were citizens of 109,619 non-EU countries, followed by Germany on 85,316.

The UK’s position in having the highest number of births to women who are citizens of another EU state is likely to fuel the argument over the effects of the free movement rules, and how welfare benefits influence decisions on having children.

Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of Migration Watch UK, which campaigns for lower immigration, said last night: “This is yet more evidence of the massive impact of immigration on our birth rate and of the growing challenge we face in integrating new arrivals into our society.”

The rise in the number of births to women from other EU countries is likely to be a reflection of the scale of migration to the UK since 2004 when eight former eastern European states, including Poland, joined the EU and their citizens were given the right to travel to Britain to work.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that more than 900,000 EU migrants have come to Britain since 2010. Many have settled after finding work and are now starting families. Birth rates are also generally higher among foreign-born women.

Women born in Romania and the Czech Republic living in England and Wales had the highest average number of children, at 2.93 and 2.77 respectively, in 2011 compared with Polish women with an average of 2.13.

Simon Ross, chief executive of Population Matters, said: “These figures show that the impact of migration is not simply in the number of people coming into and out of the UK. The impact is shown by the number of young people entering the UK and then having a family and that affects the birth rate.

“Migrants are predominantly people who are in the age group who want to start a family and that is what they are doing. They are generally in the age bracket when fertility is at its highest.”

He added: “A growing population is having an impact on schools, housing, transport and healthcare. It is putting pressure on resources and affecting the quality of life.”

Other interesting graphics which are important for demographic analysis are available on “google search”.

Some are below:


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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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