Revealed: Number of new babies in Barking and Dagenham with EU-born mothers

PUBLISHED: 14:45 29 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:49 29 August 2018

Last year 783 of the 3,870 births in the area were born to EU-born mothersst. Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/PA Images

Last year 783 of the 3,870 births in the area were born to EU-born mothersst. Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/PA Images

Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/PA Images

Two thirds of babies born in Barking and Dagenham in the last year have mothers who were born outside the UK.

According to the latest Office of National Statistics (ONS) figures, 66.5per cent of the babies had mothers born outside the UK - more than double the national average of 28.4pc.

However the figures also show that last year, 783 of the 3,870 births in the area were born to EU-born mothers, a rate of 20.2pc which is the highest percentage across the whole of England and Wales.

Of the estimated 2,573 non-UK-born mothers who gave birth last year in Barking and Dagenham, EU-born mothers made up 30.4pc.

Mothers from European countries outside the EU made up 7.5pc of the group, 30.2pc were from the Middle East and Asia, and 29.5pc from Africa.

The number of for non-UK born mothers includes those who moved to the UK as children and have lived there most of their lives, as well as those who have recently migrated.

It also said that the figures for UK-born mothers include the children of second or third generation immigrants.

In the five years from 2012 to 2017, the total number of births in Barking and Dagenham fell slightly - from 3,957 births in 2012 to 3,870 last year.

During the same period, the number of births born to non-UK-born mothers increased - from 2,396 births in 2012 to 2,573 last year.

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