Albanians are among the most common foreign-born parents in the UK for the first time.
More than 3,000 babies were born here last year to mothers from the Balkan country, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed.
But the figures have prompted questions about the true size of the Albanian population in the UK, which according to official figures stands at less than 50,000.
It comes after a shock report leaked to The Mail on Sunday revealed four in ten migrants crossing the Channel in dinghies were from Albania – a peaceful nation in talks to join the EU – far outnumbering those fleeing war or persecution in Afghanistan or Syria.
Some 3,000 children were born to Albanian-born mothers according to new data released by the Office of National Statistics
The Mail on Sunday had earlier revealed that four in ten people arriving in the UK after crossing the English Channel on small boats is from Albania. Pictured, migrants arriving in Dover earlier this month