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UK records record immigration of 504,000 people in one year

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The net immigration to the United Kingdom It reached a historical record of 504,000 people in the twelve months up to June of this year, a period in which, however, the citizens of the European Union (EU) in the country were reduced by 51,000, the National Statistics Office said Thursday ( ONS).

The increase in net immigration – the difference between the people who arrived at the United Kingdom (1.06 million) and those who left (560,000) – is due in part to the arrival of refugees from Ukraine (89,000) and Afghanistan (21,000), and the special visa program for Hong Kong citizens (76,000).

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The increase in student visas has also contributed, particularly from the India (118,000), China (115,000) and Nigeria (65,000).

The net immigration figure exceeds the previous record of 336,000 people, registered in 2015, and is more than double compared to the twelve months prior to June 2021 (239,000).

During the period studied, in addition to reducing the number of Europeans living in the United Kingdomthere was also a net emigration of 45,000 Britons who decided to leave the country.

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An official spokesman for the British Prime Minister, the Conservative Rishi Sunak, stated that there have been “some unique and unprecedented circumstances that have had a significant impact on the statistics.”

The head of government “He has said he wants to reduce net immigration,” but “you have not specified a specific time period” to make it.

The director of the Oxford University Migration Observatory, madeleine sumptionindicated for his part to the BBC that “all analyzes suggested that migration would fall as a result of post-Brexit migration policies.”

those laws “they greatly restrict the options for EU citizens to come to the UK and certainly net migration from the EU is negative”he added.

”Humanitarian routes to Ukraine and Hong Kong, along with a rebound in international students, have played a larger role in increasing levels of immigration”said the expert.

Source: EFE

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