Newly released figures suggest that the UK birth rate has levelled out, after rising quickly for over a decade. The average number of babies born has remained steady for the last couple of years, at just under two children each for British women. Britain has the third highest birth rate in Europe, behind Ireland (2.07 children for each woman) and France (2.03).
Although this year’s statistics don’t show a great rise, over the last decade Britain’s population has soared – mainly due to the large rise in immigration. In 2000, the UK was way down the table of birth rates, but has now overtaken countries including Belgium, Denmark, Malta and Holland.