Record 504,000 more people moved to UK than left, ONS figures show

End of lockdown and influx of foreign students, Ukrainians and Hong Kongers help drive increase

Net migration to the UK has reached a record level of 504,000 after the arrival of Ukrainians and Hong Kongers under government schemes and a jump in the number of international students.

Asylum applications are the highest for 32 years, but nearly 100,000 people are waiting more than six months to have their initial claims processed, official government data shows.

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