A survey shows that a total of 184,000 children have been born to foreign mothers in the UK last year, with babies of Indian nationality being third in the list.
The UK Government has revealed the top-ten most common nationalities of foreign-born women who gave birth in NHS hospitals last year.
AdvertisementThe Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that almost 15,000 babies born in the UK are from Indian mothers.
According to the Daily Mail, the numbers revealed by the ONS showed that a new record level of births to foreign-born mothers is more than double the proportion of 20 years ago, with women originally from Poland topping the list.
Other nations represented in the top ten include Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria and Somalia, the report said.
A total of 184,000 children were born in the country, with almost half of them in London, which has a foreign-born mother rate of 56.7 percent, far above the national average of 25.5 percent.
According to the report, the so called 'health tourism' as a whole is thought to cost taxpayers as much as 200 million pounds a year.
The number of foreign-born mothers in the country has consistently being rising annually, with the figures now double what they were 30 years ago, the report said.
Figures compiled by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that a 25.5 percent of all children born in 2011 had foreign-born mothers, compared with 25.1 percent the year before, the report added.
More than 20,000 were from Poland, followed by 18,000 from Pakistan, almost 15,000 from Indian and more than 8,000 from Bangladesh.
According to the report, it is the highest proportion of births to non-UK born mothers since parents' country of origin was introduced in birth registration in 1969.
"This is the highest proportion of births to mothers born outside the UK since the collection of parents' country of birth was introduced at birth registration in 1969," the ONS said.
"This proportion has increased every year since 1990, when it was just under 12 percent, with a marked rise over the last decade. In 2001 the proportion of births to non-UK born mothers was 16.5 per cent," the ONS added.