More than 6 million EU citizens apply to settle in the UK after Brexit


London (AP) — More than 6 million European Union citizens have applied to settle in the UK by the end of June deadline imposed by the British government as part of their departure from the block.

In a statement on Friday, the UK Home Office said that of the 6.02 million people who applied, 400,000 were filed in the final month before the end of the EU settlement system.

“More than 6 million applications for this system are an unprecedented achievement and we are pleased to secure the rights of so many EU citizens, including our friends, neighbors and family.” Said Interior Minister Priti Patel.

The Ministry of Interior said that 570,000 people whose applications have been put on hold will be protected until the application is finalized, and will be “indefinite” if the application is delayed after the deadline.

Those who submitted their application by the deadline received a certificate that they could use if they needed to prove their immigration status, such as for a new job or renting real estate.

This scheme was introduced in March 2019 as part of the UK’s Brexit program. One of Brexit’s main influences was the end of freedom of movement. This will allow any EU member state to live and work elsewhere in the block, which spans 27 countries after the UK’s departure.

Under this system, EU citizens in the UK are guaranteed rights, including benefits and access to health care. EU citizens who have not applied may lose their rights and may be subject to deportation.

A similar plan is being implemented in the EU for about one million British citizens living in the block. People applying for a post-Brexit residence permit in France also faced a deadline on Wednesday.

One of the key concerns is that immigration policy is in the UK when many people in the Caribbean who legally settled in the UK decades ago were mistakenly caught up in strict new government rules to crack down on illegal immigrants. It has the potential to leave a dire legacy similar to the “Windrush” scandal.

Many of the “Windrush generations,” named after the first post-war migrant ships from the West Indies, lost their homes and jobs simply because they couldn’t prepare documents to prove their residence. , I was deported.

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