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Albanians are ranked in the top 10 of parents of foreign origin who are born in Great Britain.
'Daily Mail' has brought the data of the National Statistics Office that show that more than 3 thousand babies were born in Britain last year to mothers originating from Albania.
The figures have raised questions about the true size of the Albanian population in Great Britain, which according to official figures is less than 50,000.
"Albania moved into the top ten most common places of birth for both non-UK-born mothers and non-UK-born fathers for the first time," the ONS said.
Among mothers, Albania became the tenth most common country, from the 41st country a decade ago. And among fathers it became the eighth most common, up from 36th a decade ago.
Former home office minister Sir John Hayes cast doubt on the true number of Albanian immigrants living illegally or on a visa in Britain.
"It is strange that there should be so many babies born here to Albanian parents, given the official statistics on their number. It remains to be asked if a large number of Albanians are here illegally or if they are granted visas by some other means, and if so why", said the former minister.
ONS figures for 2019 estimated that there were only 47,000 Albanians in the UK making them the 46th most common foreign-born nationality, of which 22,000 were female.
Available immigration data do not provide a clear explanation as to why Albania has moved into the top ten most common birth countries for immigrant parents for the first time.
Possible explanations for this include the ONS population estimate being too low (for example due to irregular migration or low response to government surveys), or that Albanians are more likely to be of reproductive age and therefore to have more children.