Record High: UK Net Migration Soars to 606,000 in 2022, Says ONS

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released its latest estimates, revealing that net migration to the UK reached an all-time high of 606,000 in 2022. This surge in migration is primarily driven by individuals arriving from non-EU countries through government-issued visas, seeking opportunities to study, work, or reunite with family members.

Notably, the figure includes migrants from Ukraine and Hong Kong who benefitted from special schemes introduced by the UK government.

The ONS data further highlights that a total of 1,163,000 individuals arrived in the UK last year with the intention of staying for at least one year, while an estimated 557,000 people departed. As a result, the net migration figure of 606,000 represents a significant increase of 118,000 compared to the previous year, setting a new record high.

The data underscores the ongoing trend of the UK attracting a substantial number of migrants, with various factors influencing their decision to choose the country as their destination. The ONS findings provide valuable insights into the complexities and dynamics of migration patterns, shedding light on the diverse motivations behind individuals seeking to build their lives in the UK.

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