|Net migration reaches record 606k
|New figures from the Office for National Statistics have revealed that net migration to the UK reached a record 606,000 in 2022, with approximately 1.2m people arriving in the UK and 557,000 people emigrating from the UK. Of the arrivals, 925,000 were non-EU nationals, 151,000 were EU nationals, and 88,000 were British people returning to the UK. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, appearing on ITV's This Morning, said the numbers were "just too high", but rejected suggestions that immigration to the UK is out of control. The backlog of asylum claims awaiting processing has also hit a record high, with 172,758 people waiting for an initial decision as of the end of March, up 57% over the last year.