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    According to this website:

    "Around 3 million people living in the UK in 2014 were citizens of another EU country. That’s about 5% of the UK population. Over 2 million nationals of other EU countries are in work, about 7% of the working population."

    I would be interested in hearing your ideas on what should be done to the EU immigrants should Britain end up leaving the EU. Should they be given a certain amount of time to apply for citizenship or a working visa (and if so, how long?), or should they be deported if they do not meet certain criteria that renders them eligible for permanent residence in the UK?

    I'd be very interested to hear your thoughts on this matter. Bear in mind that I'm asking about existing immigrants living (and working) in the UK, not new arrivals.
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    What's likely to happen is there are going to be procedures put in place that one way or another will allow them permanent residence if they have been here a certain amount of time, whether that be via citizenship or some other means

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    (Original post by Jammy Duel)
    What's likely to happen is there are going to be procedures put in place that one way or another will allow them permanent residence if they have been here a certain amount of time, whether that be via citizenship or some other means
    That sounds like a fair proposal - how long would you say (it's arbitrary ofc) would be long enough to make one eligible for permanent residence?
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    Usually you need to be resident for 5+ years to be able to apply for citizenship.
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    (Original post by JohnGreek)
    That sounds like a fair proposal - how long would you say (it's arbitrary ofc) would be long enough to make one eligible for permanent residence?
    Might be normal citizenship criteria, but something along those lines will likely be the case, perhaps also with a separate system for those who have not been here so long that does not involve citizenship. At the end of the day the last thing either we or the EU27 want is mass migrations directly due to exit

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