Almost 2 million EU citizens asked to remain in the UK after Brexit, with half of million applications being received in September alone, as the deadline approaches, according to the statistics released by the British government on Wednesday. Most of the applicants to stay in UK are Poles, Romanians and Italians.
The highest number of applications are from Polish citizens (347,600), Romanians (280,600) and Italians (200,700).
According to the Home Office data, the number of applications received by 30 September is equivalent to one in six EU citizens in Britain and included nationals and relatives from the EU, the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
As there is a growing risk of a no-deal Brexit on 31 October, it seems applicants were rushing to file their requests, even though the deadline for the EU citizens and their families to apply is 31 December 2020.