Almost 60% of children born to mothers from abroad in London

57 per cent of new babies in London have mothers born abroad Credit: Reuters/Regis Duvignau

Almost 60% of all children born in London were from mothers born outside the UK in 2011, according to new figures from the Office For National Statistics.

More than 77,000 babies — 57.4% of the total — had mothers who were born overseas, a slight increase on 2011 when there were 75,380 babies (56.7%). This compares to the national average of only 25.9%, showing a considerable difference.

London and the North East have, since 2001, consistently shown the highest and lowest percentages respectively of live births to mothers born outside the UK.

Newham was the local authority with the highest percentage of births to non-UK born mothers

in 2011.

In 2012, Poland, Pakistan and India were the three most common countries of birth for non-UK born mothers.

Between 2001 and 2006, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh were consistently the three most common countries. However, in 2007, Poland replaced Bangladesh as the third most common country, rising to second place in 2008 and first place in 2010.

Here is a borough-by-borough breakdown of the births:

Inner London:

  • Newham - 76.7%

  • Westminster - 71.7%

  • Kensington & Chelsea - 71.3%

  • Tower Hamlets - 65.8%

  • Haringey - 63.9%

  • Camden - 62.6%

  • Southwark - 60.0%

  • Hammersmith & Fulham - 57.5%

  • Lambeth - 54.2%

  • Lewisham - 54.2%

  • Hackney and City of London - 52.4%

  • Islington - 51.9%

  • Wandsworth - 49.8%

Outer London:

  • Havering - 23.8%

  • Bromley -28.8%

  • Bexley - 29.8%

  • Richmond Upon Thames - 36.8%

  • Sutton - 38.1%

  • Kingston Upon Thames - 42.0%

  • Croydon - 51.1%

  • Hillingdon - 55.7%

  • Greenwich - 56.1%

  • Barnet - 57.7%

  • Merton - 58.2%

  • Enfield - 60.1%

  • Barking & Dagenham - 60.6%

  • Redbridge -62.3%

  • Waltham Forest - 63.5%

  • Hounslow - 65.6%

  • Harrow - 68.6%

  • Ealing - 69.7%

  • Brent - 74.7%

Source: Office for National Statistics