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Birth statistics by parents' country of birth

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The Office for National Statistics has published a bulletin giving statistics on live births in England and Wales in 2011 by parents’ country of birth.

The statistics reveal that a quarter of births in 2011 were to mothers born outside the UK, which is a slight increase from 2010.

Poland remains the most common country of birth for non-UK born mothers in 2011 and Pakistan remains the most common country of birth for non-UK born fathers. Newham remains the local authority with the highest proportion of births to non-UK born women 77% in 2011.

In 2011, a much higher proportion of births to non UK-born women took place within marriage/ civil partnership (75%) than for UK-born mothers (45%). This is a similar pattern to previous years.

There is considerable variation in the proportion of births within marriage/civil partnership depending on the country of birth of the mother, for example, 93% of births to mothers born in North Africa took place within marriage/civil partnership in 2011 in comparison to 38% of births to mothers born in the Caribbean. These variations reflect different societal expectations between cultures, for example, the acceptability of cohabitation.

Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v1.0.

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