One in five babies born in Britain last year was born to a woman from overseas, according to the first official analysis of the impact of migration on fertility.
Immigrant mothers are having far more children than their British counterparts – fuelling the biggest rise in population since the 1960s baby boom.
The highest birth rates were among Pakistani, Indian or Bangladeshi-born mothers, who gave birth to five per cent of all UK babies last year.
A further four per cent were born to mothers from EU countries outside Britain and Ireland, with a growing number from eastern Europe.
The Pakistani rate of 4.7 children per mother is almost three times higher than the British rate of 1.7.
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