Net migration to the UK has reached a record high of 504,000 in the year to June 2022.
Why it matters
The event is significant because it shows that Brexit has not reduced overall migration to the UK, and it has become an article of faith among Remainers that Brexit made the UK an inhospitable place for foreign nationals. The increase is the result of a surge in visas for foreign nationals to live, study and work in the UK, as well as the large numbers who have moved to the country on the various resettlement schemes for Ukraine, Afghanistan and Hong Kong.
What the papers say
The sources agree that net migration to the UK has reached a record high of 504,000 in the year to June 2022, driven by legal migration from outside the EU and the resettlement of Afghan refugees, Ukrainians fleeing war, and Hong Kong British overseas nationals. They also agree that the event is significant because it shows that Brexit has not reduced overall migration to the UK.
How we got here
The sources do not provide a background to the event.
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