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A quarter of babies born in England and Wales have non-UK mothers

A quarter of all babies born in England and Wales in 2011 were born to women from overseas, with Polish women having more children than any other non-UK group, new figures show.

In 2011, there were 724,000 births, an increase of 22% from 2001, with 539,000 of these born to UK women compared with 185,000 births to women from outside the UK, according to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics.

  • Polish women gave birth more than any other non-UK group, with 20,500 births
  • Births to women from EU accounted for 55,000 births
  • German women had the second largest number of births in, with 5,100 babies
  • Women from Luxembourg had less children than any other group, with just 21 births

The number of babies being born in England and Wales has been increasing for the past 10 years since hitting a 25-year low of 595,000 in 2001.