Ethnicity and Fertility in the United Kingdom

  • Sylvie Dubuc
  • John Haskey
Part of the Understanding Population Trends and Processes book series (UPTA, volume 3)


Ethnic diversity of the contemporary UK population is reflected in fertility differences and this chapter presents recent trends in the level and timing at childbearing of women of the various ethnic groups identified in the UK. Labour Force Survey data and recently refined Own Children method are used to produce improved fertility estimates using the most detailed ethnic classification available since 2001. Data provide evidence for overall converging trends across ethnic groups, although at various pace and not for all groups. Potential causes of fertility variablity and future expectations are discussed.


Ethnic Group Immigrant Woman Fertility Behaviour Labour Force Survey Fertility Estimate 
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This work was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council, Grant RES-163-25-0049 and the authors are thankful to David Coleman for his collaboration.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social Policy and Social WorkUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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