et migration into the UK hit a record high of 504,000 within the year to the top of June, amid a surge in students and refugees arriving, official figures revealed on Thursday.
The Office for National Statistics said that 1.1 million folks general migrated into the country through the 12-month interval, with the 704,000 arrivals from outdoors the EU accounting for a lot of the overall.
They included Ukrainian and Afghan refugees, in addition to folks arriving from Hong Kong, though the biggest contingent have been students with 476,000 examine visas granted through the interval.
There was an increase in Indians, who overtook Chinese candidates as the biggest pupil contingent, and Nigerians coming to examine.
Others arriving within the UK through the 12-month interval included 224,000 folks from the European Economic Area, which incorporates the EU, and 135,000 returning Britons.
As nicely as students and people in search of safety, others arriving got here to be part of family, whereas work visas accounted for 151,000 of the influx.
By distinction, emigration totalled 560,000, giving a net migration figure of 504,000 when measured against the 1 million plus arrivals. Departing EU nationals totalled 275,000 in contrast to 224,000 arriving, giving a net outflow of 51,000.
Jay Lindop, from the ONS, said that “a series of world events” that have been “unprecedented” had affected the figures and added: “These include the end of lockdown restrictions in the UK, the first full period following transition from the EU, the war in Ukraine, the resettlement of Afghans and the new visa route for Hong Kong British nationals, which have all contributed to the levels of immigration.
“Migration from non-EU countries, specifically students, is driving this rise. However, there has also been a large increase in the number of people migrating for a range of other reasons. This includes humanitarian protections, such as coming from Ukraine, as well as for family reasons.”
Home Secretary Suella Braverman told MPs on Wednesday: “We have failed to control our borders. That’s why I and the Prime Minister are absolutely determined to fix this problem.”
When Conservative MP Tim Loughton confronted her a few “shortage of safe and legal routes” for asylum seekers, she struggled to reply when he requested what other options there can be, in addition to a small-boat crossing.