Britain recorded a record number of immigrants estimated at 500,000 people, most of them from outside the European Union, in a period when the world is recovering from the repercussions of the Covid-19 outbreak and facing the repercussions of the war in Ukraine, according to the British National Statistics Office.

The office stated that the United Kingdom registered the entry of 504,000 immigrants between June 2021 and June 2022, an increase of 331,000 immigrants compared to last year.

Guy Lindup, director of the International Migration Center at the National Bureau of Statistics, confirmed that "there is a series of events in the world that have affected migration patterns... and if all of them are taken together, they seem unprecedented."

She pointed out that there are elements that "contributed to record levels of migration in the long term", such as the war in Ukraine and the reception of Afghan nationals and the reception of fleeing Hong Kong with British passports from overseas.

She added that the increase in the number of arrivals from countries outside the European Union, especially students after the lifting of travel restrictions imposed during the Corona pandemic, or even Ukrainian refugees, "are factors independent of each other," which means that "it is too early to determine whether the pace will continue," in While controlling immigration was one of Britain's promises upon leaving the European Union.

39% of immigrants arrived on a student visa, and 21% on a work visa.

In addition to legal immigration figures, the British National Bureau of Statistics estimates the number of those who crossed the English Channel illegally at 35,000.