Shocking statistics show that half a million more people moved to the UK last year than left

Statistics show that over the past year, HALF more people have moved to the UK than left.

The number, which comes close to the population of Liverpool, breaks all net migration records.

The new number beats all previous migration records


The new number beats all previous migration recordsCredit: PA
Home Secretary Suella Braverman has promised to restore public confidence and regain control of Britain's borders


Home Secretary Suella Braverman has promised to restore public confidence and regain control of Britain’s bordersPhoto credit: Getty

It’s more than three times the previous year’s figure and the biggest influx since the Second World War – and doesn’t include the 35,000 who came across the English Channel in small boats.

Last night No10 admitted the system was broken as Tory MPs called on the Prime Minister and Home Secretary to get a grip or be wiped out in the next election.

Data from the Office for National Statistics suggests that in the 12 months to June 2022 around 504,000 more people are said to have moved to the UK than left.

A surge in non-EU citizens, students and people fleeing crises in Ukraine, Afghanistan and Hong Kong led to an unprecedented surge.

It came even as ministers pledged to bring the net migration figure down to tens of thousands.

A total of 1.1 million people are expected to have immigrated to the UK by June, most – 704,000 – from outside the EU.

By contrast, over the same period, 560,000 are said to have left the UK, of whom almost half – 275,000 – have returned to the EU.

The 277,000 arrivals on study visas accounted for the largest proportion of long-term immigration from non-EU nationals.

It was an increase from 143,000 in the previous 12 months.

The number of non-EU nationals arriving for work over the 12 months is estimated at 151,000, up from 92,000 the year before.

The ONS confirmed tonight that long-term net migration was at its highest level since records began in 1964.

It said: “A number of world events have had an impact on international migration patterns in the 12 months to June 2022. Taken together, these were unprecedented.

“Migration from non-EU countries, particularly students, is driving this increase.

“With travel restrictions lifted in 2021, more students came to the UK after studying remotely during the Covid-19 pandemic.”

But the ONS said it was too early to say if the number would stay that high.

Last night Downing Street insisted that reducing net migration to five figures remains its goal and hinted at a crackdown on student visas.

No. 10 blamed “unique and unprecedented circumstances” for the instability around the world, but also suggested students were being accompanied by loved ones and arriving for inferior degrees.

Asked when the government would regain control of the borders, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman admitted the system was broken.

But he added: “The Prime Minister has stressed that this is a priority on which he devotes a significant amount of his time.

“He has made it clear that he wants to continue tackling the issue, particularly illegal immigration.”

Separate data from the Interior Ministry showed that in the 12 months to September 2022, 72,027 asylum seekers arrived.

It is more than double what it was in 2019 and has reached a high not seen since 2003.

Last night Home Secretary Suella Braverman said: “Following the devastating war in Ukraine, the evacuation from Afghanistan and the despicable crackdown on democratic rights in Hong Kong, we have welcomed hundreds of thousands of people to Britain this year.

“It is therefore understandable that thanks to the generosity of the British, a record number of people have come to our country.

“But the public rightly expects us to control our borders and we remain committed to reducing migration over time, in line with our manifesto.

“This level of migration has put pressure on housing and housing, healthcare, education and other public services.

“We need to make sure we have a sustainable, balanced and controlled approach.

“My priority remains combating the increase in dangerous and illegal crossings and stopping the abuse of our system.

“It is important that we restore public confidence and regain control of our borders.”

As small boats continue to cross the Channel, polls showed concern about immigration rising to the highest level in more than three years.

In an Ipsos poll, one in five cited immigration as one of the top issues facing Britain today.

It rose from one in ten in October and is the highest since March 2019.

Conservative supporters were particularly concerned about immigration, with 42 percent citing it.


ALMOST half of all small boat arrivals this summer were Albanian nationals.

On some days, that number reached 80 percent.

And figures for the first nine months of the year showed that just over a third of those who crossed the English Channel to get to the UK were from the eastern European country.

In 2021, just three percent of arrivals came from Albania.

Analysis of Interior Ministry figures shows that between October last year and the end of August, 35,345 small boats arrived, of which 31,891 applied for asylum.

Only two percent have made an initial decision so far.

Ministers have held close talks with the Albanian government and have been working on an accelerated system for those making the journey.

Migrants who refused asylum last month were told by immigration officials they would have to be deported and driven to Stansted Airport for a flight to the capital, Tirana.

15 months after the evacuation, 9,242 Afghan refugees are still staying in 63 hotels. Around half are children.

Home Office figures show 7,572 have moved into private homes and 779 have found an apartment and are ready to move in.

Families who organized their own accommodation are not included in the figures.


Nigel Farage intends to challenge the Tories from the right in the next election - even if that means giving the number 10 to Sir Keir Starmer


Nigel Farage intends to challenge the Tories from the right in the next election – even if that means giving the number 10 to Sir Keir StarmerPhoto credit: Getty

NIGEL Farage is set to field a slew of Reform UK candidates in the next election after his continued failure to deal with the small boat crisis.

The ex-Brexit Party leader will not step aside in any constituency as his anger mounts at ministers spending up to £7million a day on hotels for migrants.

He said: “Most Brexit supporters did not vote in 2016 for thousands of people turning up uninvited in Britain and being showered with public money in this way.”

The Eurosceptic, 58, will refuse to do business with the Tories even if it means giving Sir Keir Starmer’s lab the keys to No10.

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The 2019 election saw no candidates fielded in 317 Tory-won seats.

Farage added: “The Conservative Party needs to understand how many people in this country now believe that this is the problem and not the solution.” Shocking statistics show that half a million more people moved to the UK last year than left


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