Yes, of course I knew of it an the potential problems. But the numbers shock:
According to a report for the BBC’s Newsnight, British Pakistanis are 13 times more likely to have children with genetic disorders than the general population.
They are responsible for three percent of all births, but produce just under a third of all British children with such health problems.
In Birmingham, around one in ten children from first cousin marriages either dies in infancy or develops a serious life-long disability caused by genetic ailments, according to health officials in the city, where half the mothers of Pakistani origin are married to a close relative.