Daily Podcast: Net migration – what it means for the UK
Net migration to the UK rose to 606,000 in the 12 months to December 2022, the highest number for a calendar year on record – despite a Tory 2019 manifesto commitment to "bring overall numbers down".
The figures, published by the Office for National Statistics, show that most people arriving to the UK last year were non-EU nationals.
The body attributed a "unique year" for migration to "world events" including the war in Ukraine and unrest in Hong Kong.
On the Sky News Daily, Niall Paterson breaks down the numbers with Sky’s data and forensics correspondent Tom Cheshire and picks through the fallout in Westminster with political correspondent Ali Fortescue.
Plus, Madeleine Sumption, Director of the Migration Observatory at Oxford University, explains how what the government says actually impacts the number of people that come to the UK.
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