Brexit: 4.2M EU citizens, 1M more than expected, apply to stay in UK

Almost one million more EU citizens have applied to stay in the UK after Brexit than had been expected as applications hit 4.2 million EU citizens living in UK have until June 30 next year to apply for settled status The UK's EU Settlement Scheme has now had more than 4.2 million applications  Official estimates had previously suggested there were 3.4m EU citizens in UK

By Jack Maidment, Deputy Political Editor For Mailonline and David Wilcock, Whitehall Correspondent For Mailonline

Published: 17:33 GMT, 26 November 2020 | Updated: 18:24 GMT, 26 November 2020

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Almost one million more EU citizens living in the UK have applied for the right to stay in the country after Brexit than had originally been expected.

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The Government's EU Settlement Scheme has now received more than 4.2 million applications, with the overwhelming majority being approved. 

An official population snapshot taken in June 2019 had suggested there were 3.4 million EU, EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK. 

Immigration experts have previously criticised the quality of the Government's data relating to the EU Settlement Scheme. 

They argued it is difficult to know exactly how many European citizens are currently resident in the country and therefore it is hard to determine whether the initiative is working as well as it should.  

Under the scheme, EU citizens in the UK have until June 30 next year to apply for the right to continue living and working in the country.        

Priti Patel's Home Office today announced that the EU Settlement Scheme has now received more than 4.2 million applications

Priti Patel's Home Office today announced that the EU Settlement Scheme has now received more than 4.2 million applications 

Deportations hit 16-year low due to Covid travel woe

Forced deportations of foreign nationals from the UK plummeted to their lowest level in 16 years this year, official figures show.

Some 5,208 people were removed from Britain against their wishes in the year to June, a 34 per cent drop from the same period the previous year.

It was the lowest number reported since records began in 2004.

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The Home Office said the fall was down to a drop in the

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