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Why 6m settlement applications doesn’t mean 6m EU citizens live in the UK

Home Office figures caused speculation that number of Europeans in UK had been underestimated

Last week, the Home Office announced it had received 6m applications for the EU settlement scheme, prompting some to conclude the number of Europeans living in the UK was almost double previous estimates.

Some on social media claimed that it meant 9% of the UK’s population of 67 million was now made up of Europeans.

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