More Than 240,000 EU Citizens Are Able To Stay In Scotland

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There are more EU citizens in Scotland than previously estimated.

With less than a month to go to apply, more than a quarter of a million applications have been made by EU Citizens to remain in Scotland and Holyrood is urging the UK to extend the deadline.

EUROPE Minister Jenny Gilruth has called on the UK Government to change the scheme so that status is granted automatically, successful applicants have the option of receiving physical proof of their status, and for the removal of the five-year residency requirement for settled status, including extending the June 30 deadline.”

“Our message to EU citizens remains the same: this is your home; you’re welcome here and we want you to stay. I am delighted and moved that so many of our fellow Europeans, who contribute so much in so many ways to our society, wish to stay with us. However, I remain deeply concerned for the remaining EU citizens who are at risk of losing their rights here – and that the deadline of June 30 is looming,” she said.

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“EU citizens have long lived with unacceptable levels of uncertainty about how Brexit will affect their lives, careers and families, and the Covid pandemic has exacerbated the difficulties faced to secure their rights and their future. We have pushed hard for changes and, even at this late stage, we believe there is no good reason why the UK Government cannot make them,” she added.

In total 263,220 applications have been made by EU Citizens to Stay in Scotland, with 250,040 concluded – 141,220 people have been granted settled status, and 102,000 granted pre-settled status.

There is a lack of reliable data across the UK, including Scotland, on the exact number of EU citizens who still need to apply to the scheme to secure their status.


The Scottish Government said it is aware of a significant backlog of cases at the Home Office, and through work with third sector partners of a potentially significant number of people who have not yet applied.

It had been previously estimated there are around 234,000 EU Citizens in Scotland – the current number of applications is higher; the number of EU citizens in Scotland was likely an underestimate, and moreover the number of applications include individuals applying for both pre-settled and settled status, and duplicate applications for other reasons.

Of 250,040 concluded applications, 141,220 were granted settled status, 102,000 were granted pre-settled status, 1,550 applications were refused, 2,650 withdrawn or void and 2,620 were invalid applications.



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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.

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