UK net migration hits record high of 606,000
The Independent says Net migration has hit a new record high of 606,000 with around 1.2 million people arriving to live in the UK in 2022.
Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Thursday have fuelled accusations that the government has “lost control” of migration just a few years after it was aiming to bring net figures below 100,000.
Rishi Sunak said the immigration figure was “too high”, while Labour’s shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said the numbers were “extraordinary”.
The prime minister said: “We’ve got to be sensitive to the needs of the NHS, the economy, but fundamentally the numbers are too high – I’m bringing them down.” But Mr Sunak declined to say what level he would bring the net immigration figure down to, adding that “it depends on the economy”.