A new demographic across the UK (and south Belfast)…

Horseman is back blogging after a summer break. He refers to a NISRA report on the Long- term International Migration Estimates for Northern Ireland (2007-8)

“…..birth registration data show that the proportion of children born in Northern Ireland whose mother was born outside the United Kingdom and Ireland has risen three fold over the last eight years. In 2001, 3% of babies had foreign born mothers (700 babies out of 22,000) while in the first six months of 2009 this is rose to 10% (1,200 babies out of 12,600)”.

As a comparison across Britain 25% of babies born in 2008 were born to a mother from outside the UK. Guardian. In London, the figure rises to 55 per cent, with the highest proportions last year in the boroughs of Newham (75 per cent) and Brent (73 per cent), according to the Daily Mail.

Here’s a website – Foreigners in the UK that gives different perspectives.
The Polish Association – Nothern Ireland advertises this:

Football game in Belfast on 5th September:

Intercultural football game between Poles and local dwellers of The Village area will be held on 5th September at 11 am in Midgley Park. The winning team will get a Tommy Morrow`s cup. During the game various workshops will be taking place (Chinese calligraphy , among others) and face painting for children. From 2 pm to 4 pm we cordially invite football fans for a socializing event combined with tasting Polish pierogi and Chinese food.”

Sounds fun…