Almost twice as many EU citizens as they may live in the UK

Earlier Interior Ministry estimates estimated that 3.5 to 4.1 million EU citizens would apply for settlement status-Tolga Akmen / & # xa0; AFP

Earlier Interior Ministry estimates estimated that 3.5 to 4.1 million EU citizens would apply for settlement status-Tolga Akmen / AFP

The UK is home to nearly twice as many EU citizens as previously thought. Applying for payment status Over 6 million.

Almost record monthly total of 400,000 EU citizens applied for settlement status in June Wednesday night deadlineThe Ministry of Interior disclosed on Friday that the total number of applicants for the scheme would be 6.02 million.

This is from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which estimated that the previous Ministry of Interior estimated 3.5 to 4.1 million EU citizens, and about 3.5 million EU citizens lived in the UK in the middle of last year. It will be compared with the passenger survey data.

There is even concern among immigration experts and the EU community that there may be an additional 500,000 eligible EU citizens whose applications may be delayed after the June 30 deadline.The Home Office has promised to deal with late applicants On a case-by-case basis..

ONS has addressed the significant difference between estimated and actual numbers and said that many who applied for pre-resolved status have not yet decided whether to stay in the UK for a long time. Other applicants may no longer live in the UK, but said they would have returned for a Covid pandemic or for work.

EU citizens with pre-settled status can suspend their residence and return to their home country for up to one year and have the right to claim their sedentary status after five years in the United Kingdom. Those who have lived in the UK for 5 years are entitled to settling status.

Christian Dustman, director of the UCL’s Center for Immigration Research and Analysis, still has a big job in low-skilled jobs such as long-term care, carriers and restaurant staff, despite the apparent surge in EU citizenship. I warned that there could be a shortage.

He said many EU citizens would have “hedged” their bets by applying, even if they didn’t stay in the UK. However, a significant number of Eastern Europeans have returned to their home countries, where the economy was prosperous.

“I don’t think there will be 6.2 million European citizens available in the labor market, probably much less,” said Professor Dustman. “Increasing migration from non-European countries has partially compensated for outward migration by EU citizens.”

Home Secretary Pretty Patel said: “When we left the EU, we promised to protect the rights of EU citizens living in the UK with great success. EU payment scheme To allow them to call Britain their home in the next few years.

“It was an unprecedented achievement to receive more than 6 million applications for this system, and we are pleased to secure the rights of a large number of EU citizens, including friends, neighbors and family members.”

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