More than 3.3 million citizens from the European Union and European Economic Area have been granted the right to remain in the UK after Brexit.

In the Home Office’s latest update on the EU settled status scheme, it said 57% of those had been granted “settled status”.

The Guardian reports this status is for people who have demonstrated that they have been in the country for five years or more.

No accurate data on the number of EU citizens living in the country exists, but previous estimates have suggested a range of between 3 million and 3.8 million.

The Guardian reports the Home Office’s latest statistics “show a high take-up rate, reflecting the desire of many to remain in the country despite Brexit and despite anxieties often expressed about their futures in the country.”

According to the newspaper, Polish citizens represented the largest nationality group remaining in the UK with 697,000, followed by Romanians, Italians, Portuguese and Spanish.

EU citizens currently living in the UK have the automatic right to remain in the country after Brexit and have until July 2021 to apply for status.

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