Thousands of EU nationals living in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) have not been offered permanent residency in the UK, official figures have revealed. The Liberal Democrats have accused the government of leaving local families from the EU in “legal limbo” and throwing people’s lives into uncertainty.
Of the 13,530 EU nationals across BCP who have applied for permanent residency, only 7,020 have been offered settled status. 4,280 have been granted pre-settled status, which only gives the temporary right to stay in the UK.
Another 2,180 EU nationals living in BCP have applied for permanent residency but are still waiting for a final decision to be made.
1,380 of the applications for settled status in BCP were for children, i.e. those under 18.
Liberal Democrat candidate for Bournemouth East, Philip Dunn commented:
“Too many EU nationals in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are deeply anxious about their right to stay. Many of them fill vital roles in our health service and our schools. It’s disgraceful for the Conservative government to leave them in legal limbo like this.
“Families and children must not be made to live under a cloud of uncertainty any longer.
“The Liberal Democrats will stop Brexit, protect the rights of EU citizens and build a brighter future for our country.”