NET migration to the UK skyrocketed to 504,000 in the year to June 2022, according to new Home Office statistics.
The figure is the highest UK has seen since the end of WWII, with the previous post-war record being set at 390,000 in 2015.
2Suella Braverman has previously said she wants to reduce migration to below 100,000Credit: Getty2Number of non-EU, EU and British nationals immigrating to the UK between June 2020 – June 2022The number of migrants coming to the UK in 2021 was 173,000 – meaning an increase of 191 per cent.
The new statistics comes as Suella Braverman faces increasing pressure to tackle the issue of small boats arriving in Britain.
The Home Secretary also faces scrutiny as just last month she told Tory Conference her goal is to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands.
Around 33,000 migrants entered Britain illegally in the first nine months of this year.
Of that figure 11,241 came from Albania.
But the number of people granted asylum in 2022 was 24 per cent lower than in 2019, even though there’s been a 77 per cent hike in claims.
There’s a range of reasons why the UK’s latest migration figures are unprecedentedly high, with many being major global events.
These include the end of pandemic lockdown restrictions, the first full period following transition from the EU, Mad Vlad Putin’s war in Ukraine, the resettlement of Afghans and a new visa route for Hong Kong British nationals.
Up to the year ending June 2022, around 89,000 people came to the UK under a bespoke route for Ukrainians fleeing the war.
And there were 22,833 people who were resettled under schemes for Afghans affected by the Taliban’s takeover in August last year.
Student visas have also soared to the highest level on record, with 476,000 being issued in the last year.
The figure marks a 77 per cent jump on 2019.
Meanwhile, the number of work visas issued by the Home Office increased by 72 per cent compared to 2019, with 331,000 being approved in the year to June 2022.
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