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Most Poles living in U.K. want to return to Poland after Brexit

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Only 38% of Poles living in the United Kingdom have applied to stay there after Brexit, while most are considering returning home, according to Polish daily Rzeczpospolita.

Under the U.K.ʼs so-called "divorce deal" with the European Union, EU citizens who do not obtain settled status or have not applied for such by the end of 2020 will no longer have the right to live and work in the United Kingdom.

While 80% of Romanians and Bulgarians have requested such a document, the percentage of Poles’ applications is significantly lower, the newspaper noted.

The Polish government’s major goal in Brexit negotiations has been preserving the rights of Poles living in Britain, Polish Ambassador to the U.K. Arkady Rzegocki told the daily, adding that the British had included many Polish suggestions, including a simplification of the application form for obtaining settled status.

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