London, June 27 (ANI): Migrants have pushed up the birth rate across England and Wales, which has witnessed a rise of more than 100,000 births, since 2001 when the rate had dipped to one of its lowest figures.
According to the Office for National Statistics, the births, along with a combination of less deaths and rising immigration, have brought up the number of people living in England and Wales. Immigrant mothers are usually younger than British-born mothers and live in larger families, reports The Daily Express.
In the year 2012, estimates pointed towards a rise in population of 396,000 people at 0.7 percent. As per the current data, there are 28 million men (49.2 percent) and 28.5 million (50.8 percent) women in England and Wales.
The ONS also stated that the increase was due to 239,100 more births than deaths along with more international migrants arriving in the country than emigrants. Net international-migration had accounted for more than half of the population growth in the five years leading to mid-2008.
However, immigration figures have suggested a fall in the number of people coming to live in England and Wales, as in the number of people dying.
Migration is currently at its lowest level since 2003. Although this rise in population is much higher compared to any other European Member State, it is likely to fall if the number of migrants continues to fall(ANI)