Thousands of Finns apply for Brexit ‘settled status’ in UK

The scheme was only launched fully at the end of March, and provides a way for Finnish nationals to keep on living and working in UK after Brexit.

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Thousands of Finns living in the UK have applied for a special status to let them stay in the country after Brexit.

According to the latest figures, 2800 Finns have applied for the ‘settled status’ scheme, half of them in April alone – the first month after the scheme was launched fully after a test period.

The scheme is for people who have already been living in Britain for five years, but who now have to go through a new process to let them keep on living there.

“EU citizens are our friends, neighbors and colleagues who contribute so much to this country. Whatever the outcome of Brexit we want them to stay” says Britain’s interior minister Sajid Javid in a statement.

The British government says the estimated 20,000 Finns living in Britain have until at least 31st December 2020 to apply for ‘settled status’ whether or not any Brexit deal is approved by that time.