IPPR - New migration stats reveal growing asylum backlog

24 Nov 2022 11:14 AM

IPPR’s analysis of today’s quarterly ONS and Home Office migration statistics highlights the following trends: 

Commenting on the figures, Marley Morris, IPPR associate director for migration, trade and communities, said:   

“The new migration statistics today tell two stories about immigration to the UK. On the one hand, higher net migration is driven in large part by rising student numbers and the new Ukraine humanitarian routes – reflecting the generosity of the British public in opening their homes in exceptional numbers to welcome Ukrainians escaping the Russian invasion. 

“On the other hand, the figures also show an asylum system in serious peril, with the backlog of claims growing further. Urgent action is needed to tackle the backlog and to work with local authorities to find suitable accommodation for asylum applicants. 

“Today also marks one year on from the tragic deaths of 32 people in the Channel. With numbers of small boats crossing the Channel continuing to rise, the government must work closely with France and the EU to stop the dangerous crossings and provide safe and legal alternatives.” 

Long-term international migration, provisional: year ending June 2022