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Sweden Has Expelled About 1,100 UK Nationals Since Brexit

Recent data from the official statistical office of the European Union, Eurostat, has shown that Sweden has expelled more British nationals than any other country in the bloc since Brexit.

According to Eurostat, since 2020, when the UK officially left the EU, Sweden expelled around 1,100 Britons, which is almost half of the total expulsions made by all Member States, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

The Guardian explains that the full-year figures that have put Sweden top of the charts show that the country made a disproportionately high number of expulsions compared to other Member States, such as Germany and Finland, both with less than 50 expulsions.

While the Swedish authorities have not issued a statement on the matter yet, David Milstead, who is a British professor living in Sweden, said that these figures were alarming.

According to the Guardian, Milstead called on the Swedish authorities to immediately put an end to deportations and also required them to provide an explanation on why the country has been issuing such a high number of deportation notices and has rejected more residence applications than any other country.

“They [Swedish authorities] also need to provide an explanation for why Sweden has issued around 50 per cent of all deportation notices in the Schengen zone to Brits during 2021-22 and, likely related to this, why Sweden has rejected more residence applications than other EU countries for withdrawal agreement protections,” the statement of Milstead reads.

He further stressed that this is a growing problem and said that the outreach program of Sweden for UK nationals was extremely weak, with about 900 late applications received so far.

“It’s not too late to help those whose applications are undecided or who are appealing to keep their residence,” Milstead added.

Eurostat has shared data about other countries, too, revealing that in 2021 and 2022, the EU removed a total of 2,610 nationals of the UK.

Spain, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Liechtenstein did not expel any nationals of the UK in 2021 or 2021.

In contrast, just like Sweden, there are some other countries that also expelled a high number of British nationals during the above-mentioned period.

Data reveal that Sweden is followed by the Netherlands, which was responsible for the second-highest number of removals – 720.

Other countries, such as Malta and France, also expelled a high number of British nationals in 2021 and 2022. They expelled 135 and 115 nationals of the UK, respectively.

Regarding the age of UK nationals who have been expelled from the EU countries in 2021 and 2022, it has been disclosed that 1,350 of them were aged over 35, 1,025 of them were aged between 18 and 34, 35 were aged between 14 and 17, and 170 were under 14.

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