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One in four babies has foreign-born father

By John Bingham, Telegraph

A report on fatherhood from the Office for National Statistics, published ahead of Fathers’ Day, shows that 171,700 babies born in England and Wales in 2011 – or 24 per cent – had a foreign born father.

When mothers born overseas are also taken into account, it shows that overall a third of babies born in 2011 had at least one parent from outside the UK.

Pakistan continues to be the main place of birth for foreign fathers, ahead of Poland, India and Bangladesh.

Commentators said it was stark illustration of the scale of social changes in Britain in the last decade as a result of mass migration.

The report also gave a snapshot of the changing face of family life but starkly contradicted the popular image of large numbers of fathers failing to take responsibility for their children.

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