The 12 months to June 2022 were unique for many reasons. The end of lockdown restrictions in the UK, the first full period following transition from the EU, and world events including the war in Ukraine, the new visa route for Hong Kong British Nationals (Overseas) and resettlement of Afghans have all contributed to record levels of immigration. Here Jay Lindop examines the impact of these events and looks ahead to what the future holds for international migration estimates.Read more on How world events have led to rising immigration
The ONS is currently transforming the way it produces statistics on research and development (R&D). In this post Heather Bovill guides us around the latest figures and explains why one of our bulletins has changed slightly.Read more on Transforming R&D statistics: the next steps
Climate change is a challenging and complex issue involving many interacting systems. As Jo Evans explains, robust and accessible statistics aid understanding and equip policymakers, broader stakeholders and citizens to make decisions, and inform more effective response.Read more on Understanding climate change through statistics & data
GDP is a well-used metric for measuring changes in the size of economies around the world. However, it has its limitations. Richard Heys writes about the continuing developments at the ONS to go beyond GDP by including measures of the impact of growth on people, the climate and environment.Read more on Inclusive measures of growth – How ONS is moving Beyond GDP
In times when the economy appears to be slowing, commentators will inevitably debate whether or not it is moving into ‘recession’. There is, however, no official definition of a recession and the one most commonly used has the potential to be misleading. In this post Darren Morgan reveals why in official statistics the ONS tends to avoid using the ‘r’ word.Read more on Uncertainty and the ‘r’ word: What exactly is a ‘recession’?