Friday, 11 July 2008

Immigration and the birth rate

Immigrant mothers are behind Britain’s biggest baby boom in 34 years, official figures revealed yesterday.

One in four babies delivered in this country last year were born to women from outside the UK.

Experts warned this was putting massive strain on hospitals and local services as the soaring figures show no sign of abating.

Government statistics reveal more than 160,000 babies were born last year to women from overseas.

This has pushed fertility levels in this country to the highest since 1973, with the average number of babies born to each woman up to 1.91 from 1.86 last year.
23% of all births were to immigrant mothers last year, up from 21% in 2006. In 1996, the year before Labour came to power, the figure was just 12%. As you can see, such births have, as a proportion of all births, nearly doubled in just twelve years - a literal embodiment of the present government's open door immigration policy.

As I have said many times before, it's clear that we are experiencing levels of immigration unprecedented in our history. The make-up of this country is being changed before our eyes. And yet even the bravest among our elected representatives can only bring themselves to discuss mass immigration itself, and its significant short-term impact, in the most tentative and apologetic terms, and there isn't one MP who wouldn't rather run ten miles in the pouring rain than even consider the long-term implications of this colossal demographic change. Speaking for myself, this total abdication of responsibility is one of the most enraging aspects of the whole immigration debacle.

6 comments:

Billy Bragg, the Bard of Barking said...

As I have said many times before, it's clear that we are experiencing levels of immigration unprecedented in our history. The make-up of this country is being changed before our eyes.

Racist, reactionary, crypto-nazi rubbish. "Britain" is a nation of immigrants and always has been. We'd collapse as a "nation" if it weren't for immigrants doing jobs that "natives" won't do -- like suicide bombing, gang rape, mob stabbing, electoral fraud, consanguineous marriage, infecting people with drug-resistant TB, etc, etc. Race doesn't exist, everyone's the same under the skin and you wouldn't believe how hard it is for me to live in hideously white Dorset rather than some vibrant, ethnically enriched area of London. But, unlike some on the left, I live my principles and I've always believed that socialism's about personal sacrifice.

Alex said...

Observations about the calamities of mass immigration are becoming more cogent and better disseminated. But well-informed people are often unwilling to draw the obvious policy implications from their observations.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know how many of the other births are to women from Ethnic Minorities who were born here?

A mate of mine calls Billy Bragg 'The singing sociologist'.

Jockney

Anonymous said...

Jockney,
perhaps you should encourage your friend to invest in a good quality hearing aid.

Monty

Anonymous said...

Britain has got the highest teenage pregnancy.Limit the benefits to children only and encourage young people to remain in education. End the welfare queen mentality

Anonymous said...

Limit benefits to two children only. This country cannot afford a mother to have six children and living on benefits.