More than half of Newham’s population born overseas, new figures show

PUBLISHED: 11:51 27 August 2015 | UPDATED: 11:51 27 August 2015

More than half of the borough's population was born overseas. Picture: PA.

More than half of the borough's population was born overseas. Picture: PA.

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More than three quarters (76.7 per cent) of babies born in 2014 in the borough were to mothers from overseas, the highest proportion in the country, data released by the Office for National Statistics show.

People born outside the UK now make up more than half of the borough’s population. In 2004, its population was 253,000, of whom 104,000 were estimated to have been born abroad.

Ten years later the population had grown to 327,000, with 168,000 of those being foreign-born. Over the same period, new GP registrations by migrants went from 11,710 to 15,330.

Alongside this, new national insurance number registrations by migrants more than doubled, from 10,652 in 2004 to 25,325 in 2014.

Across the whole of the UK in 2014, the foreign-born population was 8.3 million – or 13pc. The figures also show that net migration in the country was 330,000 in the year to March, the highest ever recorded.

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