In May, an additional 2,300 Hungarians registered at British offices that they would like to stay in the United Kingdom after Brexit. With this number, the official registration number has reached 100,000. Registration is running for one more year, and the numbers might change in the future, experts reported.
Portfólió reported that in April, 2,100, while one month later, 2,300 registrations arrived in British offices from Hungarians intending to stay in the UK after Brexit. The British Home Office reported that this number might be higher than in recent months but does not reach the highest record on average, which could be because, due to the coronavirus epidemic, many people changed their minds.
Currently, the Home Office cannot determine the reason behind the decreasing numbers. It could be the fact that everyday life and economy became uncertain in the UK because of the epidemic, many people lost their jobs, and many doubt being able to afford living in the UK.
The most registrations (17,900) arrived in October, while in September this number was also above 10,000. When the epidemic broke out, registrations fell back to 2,000/month. After the British Government decides to open the country and ease the coronavirus restrictions, the Home Office estimates that these numbers could increase again, but further data will only arrive in the next months.
Almost 100 thousand Hungarians would like to remain in the UK after Brexit
In February, 5,500 Hungarians asked for a permanent residency permit, so the total number of Hungarians asking for the document rose to 94 thousand. This might be fewer than half of the Hungarians living in the UK. All EU citizens have time until July 2021 to decide whether they would like to remain in the United Kingdom or not.