According to the Office for National Statistics, about 612,000 people immigrated to the UK in 2019 and this number is only predicted to steadily increase. This places the UK amongst countries with the highest shares of migrants in their population. But why do so many migrants choose the UK as their destination and what benefits do immigrants get in the UK?
Contrary to popular belief, illegal immigrants are not always seeking to evade the law. They may also include asylum seekers looking to escape persecution in their homelands whose applications for refuge in the UK were denied. Additionally, a range of factors such as documentation errors, oversights, or lack of proper information may be involved in an individual’s illegal residence within the UK’s boundaries.