Brexit meant exit from Latvia for 60 Britons last year

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Since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in 2016, Britons have lost their automatic right of residence in EU member states. Last year, 60 British citizens were told to leave Latvia, according to EU figures published March 31.

The figure of 60 was a notable increase on the 20 told to leave in 2021, according to Eurostat figures, bringing the total since Brexit to 80. It should be noted that the figures are rounded to the nearest 5.

Last year Latvia sent considerably more Britons home than Estonia (15 orders to leave) and Lithuania (30 orders to leave).

It is notable that last year Latvia sent more Britons back to Great Britain than much more populous countries including Belgium (50), Germany (30), Poland (20) and Denmark (40). France and Spain, which traditionally have large British immigrant populations returned 75 and 0 Britons respectively.

Since Brexit the largest number of returns has been recorded by Sweden (1,100) followed by the Netherlands (800).


UK citizens ordered to leave EU and EEA countries in 2022
UK citizens ordered to leave EU and EEA countries in 2022

Eurostat data on non-EU citizens ordered to leave include people found to be illegally present in an EU member state who are subject to an administrative or judicial decision ordering them to depart. This could be for a variety of reasons, from not meeting residency requirements to having committed crimes.


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