People fleeing war-torn countries like Ukraine and those looking to work or study are the driving factors as to why UK net migration has reached a record high.
Net migration to UK hits record 606,000 in 2022
Annual net migration to the United Kingdom reached a record high of 606,000 last year, official estimates show, heaping pressure on British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak who has pledged to bring numbers down.
The increase was driven by non-European Union nationals, including refugees under the British government’s Ukraine visa schemes and people migrating for work and education, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
High levels of legal migration has long dominated Britain’s political discourse and the topic was one of the major drivers for the Brexit referendum in 2016.
For more than a decade successive Conservative-led governments have promised to cut migration – once targeting a net figure of less than 100,000.