Most British babies now born out of wedlock, but for some migrants, it's a tiny minority
Half the children of British-born mothers are being born outside marriage, it emerged yesterday.
In fact, official figures indicate that only a minority of children of long-standing British parents will grow up with a married mother and father.
Most will be part of cohabiting or single-parent families. In contrast, only one in 50 children of mothers who were born in India before they came here had unmarried parents.
Those for British-born mothers include families whose parents migrated into England in recent decades. These - especially those from Asian families - are more likely have their children within marriage.
This means that the rate of births outside marriage to mothers from long-established British families is even higher.
The ONS figures give a picture of fast-rising birthrates, pushed up by high levels of fertility among immigrant families that mean nearly one in four of all babies was born to a mother from abroad.