Explore the twists in UK net migration trends with ONS insights—revealing surprises, challenges and dynamic changes in 2022.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has delivered unexpected twists in the UK’s migration tale, revising the net migration figure for the year ending 2022 from 606,000 to a staggering 745,000. This increase of 139,000, fuelled by factors such as the inclusion of students transitioning to work visas, sheds light on the nature of migration data.
While the ONS hints at a potential slowdown in immigration for the year ending June 2023, with a net migration of 672,000, the overall trend remains uncertain. Home Secretary James Cleverly attributes the surge to “important and positive changes”, emphasising the contributions of students and healthcare workers. However, the government’s commitment to reducing net migration remains steadfast, aiming to curb visa system abuse.
In the professional arena, UK employers grapple with persistent challenges in filling skilled roles, evident in sectors including Health & Care, IT services, and Science & Engineering. As the government adjusts fees and the Immigration Health Surcharge, the delicate balance between attracting global talent and controlling migration takes centre stage. The evolving narrative of net migration figures continues to shape strategies for immigration law firms and stakeholders, offering a compass in this ever-changing landscape.
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