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MORE than three million EU citizens have applied to live and work in the UK after Brexit, according to the Home Office.

The department announced the latest up-to-date internal figures of how many people have applied under the EU Settlement Scheme.

Most of the applications, 92 per cent, were from people already living in England with five per cent, some 150,000, from Scotland and two per cent, 60,000, each in Wales and Northern Ireland.

Almost 1m applications were from people living in London. The east London borough of Newham saw the highest number at 68,510.

Outwith the UK capital among the top 10 local authorities were Birmingham with 57,340 applications, Manchester 41,430, Edinburgh 32,930, Bristol 25,990 and Glasgow 23,070.

Between August 28 2018 and December 31 last year more than 2.4m applications were finalised.

Of these, some 58 per cent, 1.4m, were granted settled status, a permanent right to remain, while 41 per cent, 1m, were handed pre-settled status, which gives them temporary permission to keep living in the country and the chance to reapply once they have done so for five years.

There were 12,950 applications void or withdrawn, 3,280 classed as “invalid” and six refused on suitability grounds; the applicants were regarded as serious or persistent criminals.

There were 386,570 applications received by children, 14 per cent, under the age of 18 while 59,100 were from people aged 65 and over, just two per cent.




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