Brexit Could Disrupt Millions of Expats’ Lives

By Laurie MeislerLaurie Meisler
April 3, 2017

As Prime Minister Theresa May begins two years of negotiations on the U.K.’s exit from the European Union, 4 million people face uncertainty about their fate: the more than 3 million EU nationals who live in Britain and the almost 1 million British citizens who live in other EU countries. With the free movement of citizens—a basic tenet of EU law—curtailed or restricted, theoretically they could see bank accounts closed, employment terminated or rental agreements revoked—not to mention deportation. Both sides have pledged to seek an early resolution of the issue.


Here’s where the 3 million EU nationals living in the U.K. are from

Number of EU nationals living in the U.K.:

10K

100K

500K

1m

Number of EU nationals living in the U.K.:

500K

10K

100K

1m

swe

lva

ltu

dnk

nld

pol

Irl

bel

deu

svk

cze

aut

hun

fra

rou

bgr

esp

Ita

prt

grc

cyp

Number of EU nationals living in the U.K.:

1M

sweden

latvia

500K

lithuania

100K

denmark

10K

netherlands

Ireland

poland

belgium

germany

czech

republic

slovakia

austria

hungary

romania

france

bulgaria

spain

Italy

portugal

greece

cyprus

Number of EU nationals living in the U.K.:

1M

sweden

latvia

500K

lithuania

100K

denmark

10K

netherlands

Ireland

poland

belgium

germany

czech

republic

slovakia

austria

hungary

romania

france

bulgaria

spain

Italy

portugal

greece

cyprus

EU Nationals Living in the U.K.


U.K. Citizens Living in the EU