200,000 births to immigrant mothers in Britain last year
Polish mothers gave birth to 23,000 children
ONS reveals 4 in 10 of these children born in London
NHS maternity services under strain – Midwives needed in UK
More Nurses needed in UK
Care workers in short supply – EU staff needed to fill vacancies
A record 200,000 babies, out of 612,000, were born to immigrant mothers in UK hospitals last year, according figures revealed by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) this week.
Statistics show that children of women who were born abroad made up a quarter of all the babies born in Britain, doubling over the last 20 years.
The ONS report highlights the increasing impact on the population of UK immigration since the EU expansion, and will fuel further calls for tougher controls on immigration.
Unfortunately, further crackdowns will be directed at non-EU migrants and Tier 4 students, as there is little the UK Government can do prevent mass immigration from the European Union.
This week Immigration Matters revealed that jobless Europeans are being paid £1000 by European Commission to find work in the UK.
The ONS said understanding the impact of childbearing among migrants is ‘essential for planning services such as maternity provision and schools’. The figures showed that 24 per cent of births in 2011 were to women who had been born outside Britain, which is an indicator statisticians have for who is an immigrant.
Most migrants choose to live in London, which had the highest share of births to foreign-born mothers at 57 per cent.
The top five countries of foreign-born mothers were Poland, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Nigeria. The next five were from Somalia, Germany, South Africa, Lithuania and China.
Table 3 – Top 5 countries of birth for non UK-born mothers, by mother’s area of usual residence, 2011
|Position||England excluding London||London||Wales||Scotland||Northern Ireland|
|2||Pakistan||Poland||Bangladesh||Pakistan||Republic of Ireland|
Table source: Office for National Statistics
In Northern Ireland mothers from the Philippines were 5th on the list, and Chinese-born mums made the top 5 in Wales and Scotland.
The report added that Polish mothers, who gave birth to 23,000 children here last year, top of the league table of foreign-born mothers in Britain.
‘This can be explained by the younger age structure of the population born in Poland and by timing effects, given that the majority of those born in Poland will be people of young working age who have migrated to the UK since EU accession in 2004.’
The ONS added: ‘The increase in the proportion of births to non-UK born mothers living in the UK illustrates how the demographic make-up of the UK is changing.’ The report said there were marked regional differences in the fertility rates of women, both of those born abroad and those born in Britain.
Foreign-born women are likely to have 2.28 children during their lives, while British born women could expect, at 2011 fertility rates, to bear 1.89 children.
More Nurses, Care Workers and Midwives needed in UK
Anecdotal evidence suggests that NHS maternity services are under severe strain in the London area. Unofficial reports suggest that there may be a national shortage of up to 5000 midwives.
General nurses (RGN’s) are no longer on the shortage occupations list, but many hospitals are desperate for nursing staff, and will offer Work Permits to Bulgarian and Romanian nurses who are registered with the NMC and have PIN numbers to work in the UK.
Care workers and care assistants are desperately required in the UK and employers are turning to EU workers from Bulgaria and Romania – who hold yellow cards – to fill vacancies.
UK Universities are offering 1 or 2 year top-up nursing degree programmes from just £5500 pa, to include the ONP (Overseas Nursing adaptation Programme), to non-EU students with nursing degrees abroad and a minimum of 12 months clinical experience. The ONP is subject to meeting IELTS 7.00, but students can start the course with IELTS 6.5. Students graduating with a UK nursing degree can qualify for a work permit under Tier2 of the points based system for immigration.
Critical Care Nurses, which are on the official shortage occupations list, are required now by NHS hospitals which will sponsor overseas applicants on Tier 2 work permits and working visas.
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