The increase was driven by a large number of refugees from Afghanistan, Hong Kong, and Ukraine that were given the right to live in the country, said Jay Lindop, director of the statistics office’s Centre for International Migration.
"The end of lockdown restrictions in the UK, the first full period following the transition from the EU, the war in Ukraine, the resettlement of Afghans, and the new visa route for Hong Kong British nationals (overseas) … all contributed to the record levels of long-term immigration we have seen," she said.
Lindop added that there were also other reasons behind the hike such as more students arriving in the UK and people migrating for family reasons.
The data also showed that the immigration of EU nationals remained broadly stable in 2021, corresponding to 21% of total immigration.
On Oct. 26, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said that he wants to see a decline in overall net migration but later declined to set an "arbitrary number.”
Source: Anadolu Agency