4 and a half million EU residents, greater than anybody residing in Croatia, have utilized for everlasting resident standing in Britain after Brexit.
Functions for everlasting residence after Brexit can proceed to be made till June 30 of this 12 months, however solely by these residing within the UK on December 31.
The determine of 4.5 million, which might rise additional earlier than the deadline, is increased than the whole inhabitants of seven EU member states.
If the group of European residents residing in Britain had been an EU member state, it will be twentieth out of 27 when it comes to inhabitants.
Croatia, which is the most recent nation to hitch the EU, has a inhabitants of round 4 million. Lithuania has 2.7 million inhabitants and Slovenia and Latvia round 2 million inhabitants, based on 2020 figures from the Eurostat company.
Estonia has round 1.3 million inhabitants, whereas Cyprus has 888,000 inhabitants and Luxembourg and Malta have greater than half 1,000,000 inhabitants.
Michael Gove cited the Residence Workplace figures, which had been launched in late January, during the questioning of deputies yesterday.
EU residents can nonetheless apply for residency in the event that they weren’t residing in Britain by December 31, the final day of the transition interval.
These requests will probably be dealt with like all different requests from a possible immigrant relatively than underneath the EU-specific settlement standing regime.
There have been round 3.5 million EU residents within the UK earlier than the Brexit referendum, though it’s not possible to know the precise determine as Britain doesn’t have a registration or card system id.
An estimated 1.5 million UK residents residing within the EU, who additionally needed to apply for a proper of residence after dropping their EU citizenship, which gave them the best to free motion.