One in five Brighton and Hove births to non-UK mothers

More than one in five babies born in Brighton and Hove last year were born to a non-UK mother.

The city reflected a trend across the county which has seen the number of babies born to mothers from outside the UK rise at a much higher rate than the overall population increase.

Crawley has the highest percentage with more than a third of new mothers in 2011 from outside the UK while Rother and Adur had the lowest percentage with around one in ten.

Nearly 3,500 babies in Sussex were born to non-UK mothers in 2011 – an increase of 5% on 2010.

The overall increase in the total number of births in the county over the same period was only 1%.

There were 43 more births from non-UK mothers in Brighton and Hove last year compared to 2010.

Of the 3,291 births in the city in 2011, 323 mothers came from the EU, 227 from the Middle East and Asia and 145 from Africa.

MP Henry Smith said that one of the factors in Crawley’s higher number of non-UK mothers was expectant mothers arriving through major airports like Gatwick to access British maternity skills.

The MP is seeking to introduce a bill instructing NHS trusts to record and audit the cost of treatment of non-UK residents and individuals not entitled to free health care.

Figures uncovered by the Crawley MP from the UK Border Agency revealed that on average 150 heavily pregnant mothers due to give birth in a matter of days passed through Gatwick Airport every year.

He said that while immigration helped to fill the skills gap in sectors like the NHS, the level of immigration also put extra strain on health services and schools.

He added: “Schooling is an issue with quite a lot of schools in Crawley having to hastily add extra classrooms and a lot of that is to do with high levels of immigration over a short amount of time.

“The problem is the uncontrolled immigration we have seen in the last decade.”

Hove MP Mike Weatherley said: “Where there is a willingness to be a good neighbour and a desire to work hard, I am more than happy.

“That’s what we see from the majority of residents in Brighton and Hove who have come from abroad.”

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1:30pm Mon 17 Sep 12

gusset snatcher says...

"Hove MP Mike Weatherley said: “Where there is a willingness to be a good neighbour and a desire to work hard, I am more than happy."
Yes, especially if they work in the local sex industry, saving you the cost, say, of flying to Brazil.
"Hove MP Mike Weatherley said: “Where there is a willingness to be a good neighbour and a desire to work hard, I am more than happy." Yes, especially if they work in the local sex industry, saving you the cost, say, of flying to Brazil. gusset snatcher

2:44pm Mon 17 Sep 12

F in L says...

gusset snatcher wrote:
"Hove MP Mike Weatherley said: “Where there is a willingness to be a good neighbour and a desire to work hard, I am more than happy."
Yes, especially if they work in the local sex industry, saving you the cost, say, of flying to Brazil.
Exactly!
[quote][p][bold]gusset snatcher[/bold] wrote: "Hove MP Mike Weatherley said: “Where there is a willingness to be a good neighbour and a desire to work hard, I am more than happy." Yes, especially if they work in the local sex industry, saving you the cost, say, of flying to Brazil.[/p][/quote]Exactly! F in L

2:59pm Mon 17 Sep 12

Surely not! says...

I'm surprised the Argus Legal Department have left these comments...or is this common knowledge?
I'm surprised the Argus Legal Department have left these comments...or is this common knowledge? Surely not!

5:04pm Mon 17 Sep 12

Auld School says...

"He said that while immigration helped to fill the skills gap in sectors like the NHS, the level of immigration also put extra strain on health services and schools."

Nice try at deflecting what we all know.......we have not had tens of thousands of brain surgeons arriving here, we have had hundreds of thousands of unskilled workers.

They will work for levels of pay that British unskilled can get in welfare, and this will benefit Govt bodies outsourcing to agencies to do the work.

All of this brought to you by a socialist government that says it sticks up for the working classes..........jus
t as long as you werent born here.
"He said that while immigration helped to fill the skills gap in sectors like the NHS, the level of immigration also put extra strain on health services and schools." Nice try at deflecting what we all know.......we have not had tens of thousands of brain surgeons arriving here, we have had hundreds of thousands of unskilled workers. They will work for levels of pay that British unskilled can get in welfare, and this will benefit Govt bodies outsourcing to agencies to do the work. All of this brought to you by a socialist government that says it sticks up for the working classes..........jus t as long as you werent born here. Auld School

8:13pm Mon 17 Sep 12

angrymonkey says...

if the gov stop letting people be lazy and paying them to sit at home all day we would not need to keep taking on people from over sea.
if the gov stop letting people be lazy and paying them to sit at home all day we would not need to keep taking on people from over sea. angrymonkey

9:31pm Mon 17 Sep 12

claremoss says...

angrymonkey wrote:
if the gov stop letting people be lazy and paying them to sit at home all day we would not need to keep taking on people from over sea.
hear hear!
[quote][p][bold]angrymonkey[/bold] wrote: if the gov stop letting people be lazy and paying them to sit at home all day we would not need to keep taking on people from over sea.[/p][/quote]hear hear! claremoss

12:40am Tue 18 Sep 12

PorkBoat says...

angrymonkey wrote:
if the gov stop letting people be lazy and paying them to sit at home all day we would not need to keep taking on people from over sea.
Whatever the govt want is irrelevant. It's what big business wants, which is a pool of cheap, unskilled labour, who will work for peanuts and not kick up a fuss. The type of person who is content to live on benefits as a career choice, would not make a good worker anyway, the logical thing would be to let families that choose this as an option starve to death.But we're supposedly a caring society, and stories of small children dying of starvation on the streets would get the same people who complain about "benefit scroungers" up in arms, spluttering, "why are we letting these poor children starve to death? The govt must help them!" And even if the govt stopped all benefits for everyone, do you really think YOU would be better off? They'd find something else to throw your tax money away on, or some way to claim it for themselves. Let the people who choose to wallow on benefits permanently do it. Don't waste your energy hating them, channel it into doing something positive for yourself. You'll be better off in the long run. They'll still be wasting their lives on the dole.
[quote][p][bold]angrymonkey[/bold] wrote: if the gov stop letting people be lazy and paying them to sit at home all day we would not need to keep taking on people from over sea.[/p][/quote]Whatever the govt want is irrelevant. It's what big business wants, which is a pool of cheap, unskilled labour, who will work for peanuts and not kick up a fuss. The type of person who is content to live on benefits as a career choice, would not make a good worker anyway, the logical thing would be to let families that choose this as an option starve to death.But we're supposedly a caring society, and stories of small children dying of starvation on the streets would get the same people who complain about "benefit scroungers" up in arms, spluttering, "why are we letting these poor children starve to death? The govt must help them!" And even if the govt stopped all benefits for everyone, do you really think YOU would be better off? They'd find something else to throw your tax money away on, or some way to claim it for themselves. Let the people who choose to wallow on benefits permanently do it. Don't waste your energy hating them, channel it into doing something positive for yourself. You'll be better off in the long run. They'll still be wasting their lives on the dole. PorkBoat

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