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Britain has experienced the highest net migration since the end of the Second World War.

An estimated 504,000 more people came to the UK than last year, a figure larger than the population of Liverpool.

That smashes the previous post-war net migration high of 329,000 set in 2015.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) data shows that a total of more than one million people arrived in the country last year.

The report also said an estimated 35,000 people arrived across the English Channel in small boats in the year ending June 2022.

But earlier this month that figure was put at more than 40,000 according to data published by the Ministry of Defence.

The total number of people who arrived in the UK was estimated at 1.1 million.

According to the ONS, the bulk of the increase was driven by students coming to study. A total of 487,000 student visas were issued in the year to June 2022, an increase of 71%.

The number of people granted asylum in the UK in the year to June 2022 was 24% lower than in 2019, despite a 77% increase in applications.

In total, 63,089 asylum applications were lodged – the highest since 2003 and 75% higher than during the peak of the European migration crisis in 2016.

Work visas were up 72% compared to the last comparable pre-pandemic data in 2019, with 331,000 issued in the year to June 2022.

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The figures were also boosted by people fleeing the war in Ukraine, with more than 170,000 visas issued to Ukrainian citizens.

Around 28,000 British overseas status holders from Hong Kong came to the country under a scheme launched in January 2021 to help them escape potential persecution. A separate resettlement program to help people flee Afghanistan saw 21,000 people arrive.

In the same period, a total of 45,000 British citizens left the UK.

Jay Lindop, director of the Center for International Migration at the ONS, said: “A number of world events have affected international migration patterns in the 12 months to June 2022.

“Together these were unprecedented. These include the end of lockdown restrictions in the UK, the first full period after the transition from the EU, the war in Ukraine, the resettlement of Afghans and the new visa route for Hong Kong British nationals (overseas), which all have contributed to the record levels of long-term immigration we’ve seen.”

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