Mother's Country of Birth

Mother's Country of Birth

The chart below shows the distribution of births in Glasgow in the period 1997-2009 by mothers’ countries of birth, excluding births to mothers born in the British Isles.
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Glasgow’s population is more ethnically diverse than the rest of Scotland.  The above graph illustrates that there was a greater proportion of births to mothers with an ethnic minority background in Glasgow than in the rest of Scotland in the period 1997-2009.  Over the period, 8% of births in Glasgow were to mothers who were born in Asia and nearly 3% of infants were born to mothers from Africa.  Across Scotland 3% of births were to mothers born in Europe.

A break-down by country shows that mothers in Glasgow came from 169 different countries. 77% of mothers were Scottish by birth, 6% were born in England, 4% were born in Pakistan, and 1% of mothers were from India, China, Poland and Northern Ireland, respectively. 


In September 2017, GCPH published a detailed report on ethnicity and health, The changing ethnic profiles of Glasgow and Scotland. This report explored links between ethnicity and health in a Scottish context and the population health implications of the changing ethnic profiles of Scotland and of Glasgow.

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