Foreign baby boom boosts flagging birth rate

16th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

16 June 2006, MADRID — Spain's low birth rate is being boosted by children born to foreigners, latest figures show.

16 June 2006

MADRID — Spain's low birth rate is being boosted by children born to foreigners, latest figures show.

The average number of foreign children per mother went up to 1.34 from 1.33 the year before, the National Institute of Statistics (INE) said.

Foreign children made up 15 percent of the total in 2005, compared with 13.8 percent in 2004.

This means Spain's birth rate is at its highest since 1993.

It had been one of the lowest in Europe for many years as many women stayed working and put off having children until later.

But during 2005, there were a total of 465,616 children born, 11,025 more than the year before.

This meant the birth rate per thousand of population reached 10.73 in 2005 – rise from 2004.

In total there were 69,933 children born to foreign parents, 11.7 percent more than the year before.

Of foreign children, Moroccans had the highest number (20 percent), followed by Ecuadorians (14pc).

Colombians and Romanians were the nationalities with the next highest number of children (9 percent and 8 percent).

There were no figures for other nationalities.

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