According to data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the number of net immigrants to the UK broke a record with 606,000 last year.
In the statement, it was stated that the said immigrants consisted of people who came to the UK from outside the European Union to work or study, and those who came from Ukraine and Hong Kong under special visa programs.
Speaking to the ITV channel after the announcement of the data, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said, “The numbers are very high, it’s that simple.”
Although Sunak has said that he wants to reduce the number of immigrants, it is thought that it will be very difficult to fulfill this promise in a time of labor shortage in the UK. The issue of legal immigration, which has been described as the problem of the country for a long time, has been an important driving force in the referendum vote in the Brexit process.
Sunak: We must do more to end illegal immigration
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, in his speech at the Fourth Summit of the Council of Europe on 16 May, called for greater international cooperation to end illegal immigration and stop migrant boats.
In his speech, Sunak also touched upon the issue of combating illegal immigration and said:
“The moral imperative to take action on illegal immigration is clear. We can’t sit back and watch criminal gangs take advantage of people’s misery. Illegal immigration exploits the most vulnerable. It risks excluding real asylum seekers. It undermines the confidence of our citizens not only in our internal borders, but also in the international system.”