A third of those who came are citizens of Ukraine, forced to leave their homeland due to the Russian invasion.
Immigration to Great Britain soared to a record level: for a year, from June 2021 to June 2022, the difference between those who arrived and those who left amounted to 504 thousand people.
A third of those who came are citizens of Ukraine, forced to leave their homeland due to the Russian invasion. This is the assessment of the British Bureau of National Statistics – however, the agency admits that the assessment may be inaccurate, reports BBC.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) noted that immigration during this period – the second half of 2021 and the first half of 2022 – was strongly affected, firstly, by the lifting of anti-covid restrictions and, accordingly, a surge in the number of delayed arrivals due to the pandemic, as well as the reception refugees from Ukraine, Hong Kong and Afghanistan.
During the first months of the war, according to the British Ministry of Internal Affairs, 89,000 people received British visas under the procedure to help Ukrainian refugees, and almost twice as many Ukrainian citizens – 170,000 – entered Britain this year.
“In the absence of reliable confirmation to the contrary, we assume that arrivals from Ukraine will stay here longer than 12 months and are therefore included in our estimates [довгострокової] immigration,” the ONS explained, adding that this estimate may be revised as new data becomes available.
Reception of Ukrainian refugees in Great Britain
Shortly after the start of the Russian invasion, the British government announced its intention to accept as many Ukrainian refugees as possible.
For this, London opened three schemes: under one of them (Ukraine Family Scheme), relatives of the country’s residents can come to Britain, under the other (Homes for Ukraine) – those who find a sponsor ready to accommodate them. The third scheme allows those Ukrainians who already had a British visa to extend their stay in Great Britain.
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