Over 6 million EU citizens apply to move to UK after Brexit
LONDON (AP) – More than 6 million EU citizens have applied to relocate to the UK before the UK government’s end-June deadline as part of the country’s departure from the bloc.
In a statement on Friday, the UK Home Office said of the 6.02 million people who filed, 400,000 claims were made in the past month before the end of the settlement program. ‘EU.
“To have over 6 million applications for the program is an unprecedented achievement and I am delighted that we have guaranteed the rights of so many EU citizens – our friends, neighbors and family,” said Minister of the Interior Priti Patel.
The Home Office said the 570,000 people with pending requests will have their rights protected until their request is decided and there will be “indefinite scope” for anyone who is past the deadline. limit for making a late request.
People who submitted an application before the deadline have been given a certificate that they can use if they need to prove their immigration status for some reason, like taking a new job or renting a property.
The scheme was introduced in March 2019 as part of the UK’s plan to leave the EU. One of the main impacts of Brexit has been the end of free movement, thanks to which anyone in any state in the EU can live and work anywhere else in the bloc, which matters 27 countries after leaving the UK.
Under this program, EU citizens in the country will be guaranteed their rights, including access to benefits and healthcare, in the UK. Any EU citizen who has not submitted an application could now potentially lose their rights or even be deported.
Similar programs have been put in place across the EU for the roughly one million UK citizens who live in the bloc. Applicants for post-Brexit residence permits in France also faced a deadline on Wednesday.
One of the main concerns is that immigration policy could leave a disastrous legacy similar to the British ‘Windrush’ scandal, when many people from the Caribbean who settled legally in the UK decades ago were taken to wrong in tough new government rules to crack down on illegal immigration. .
Many of the ‘Windrush Generation’ – named after the ship that carried the first post-war migrants from the West Indies – lost their homes and jobs or were even deported simply because they could not produce documents. proving their residency rights.
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