Home Office data show number of visas handed to workers, students, family relatives and others rose by 83pc in a year.
Migration has hit a new high as more than one million foreign nationals have been allowed to live in the UK in a year for the first time.
Home Office data showed that the number of visas handed to workers, students, family relatives and other foreign nationals rose by 83 per cent in a year to 1.12 million, the highest on record, and up 70 per cent on pre-Brexit, pre-pandemic levels.
It comes on top of a surge in illegal migrants crossing the Channel which have doubled to 24,000 in a year and a near 80 per cent rise in asylum applications since 2019 to 63,100, its highest level for two decades. The cost of Britain’s asylum system has surged past £2 billion for the first time.