France ordered 115 Brits to leave country since Brexit, EU data shows

France has ordered 115 Brits to leave the country since the end of the Brexit transition period, one of the lowest figures in the EU, new data shows.

France ordered 115 Brits to leave country since Brexit, EU data shows

Data published recently by the EU statistical office, Eurostat, reveals that 2,610 UK citizens were ordered to leave EU countries in 2021 and 2022 – this includes both people ordered to leave because their immigration paperwork was not in order and those deported for other reasons, such as recently released prisoners.

But France, despite having one of the highest populations of UK nationals in the EU, was responsible for only a tiny fraction of the orders to leave. 

Of the 2,610 British nationals ordered to leave EU countries since the end of the Brexit transition period in January 2021, Sweden is responsible for 1,100 of them.

The Netherlands follows with 720 orders to leave, Malta ordered 135 UK citizens to leave and France 115.

Norway and Switzerland, which are not part of the EU and have separate Brexit agreements with the UK, issued 455 and 125 departure orders respectively, according to Eurostat data.

Spain, which hosts the biggest UK community in the EU, has not ordered any Briton to leave the country since Brexit, and nor did Italy – at least according to the Eurostat data.

The countries did not provide data on the reasons for the expulsions, and it is not possible to compare the numbers to pre-Brexit figures because Brits at that time were not counted as third country nationals.

Overstaying, working without a permit and polygamy – what can get you deported from France?

The data from Sweden correlates with research from our sister site The Local Sweden, which showed that large numbers of Brits were either denied the right to stay after Brexit or were ordered to leave if their post-Brexit paperwork was not in order.

The Local Denmark has also reported cases of Brits being ordered to leave the country for missing deadlines for post-Brexit paperwork.

France, on the other hand, seems to be taking a more relaxed approach so far. Data from September 2021 (when the deadline to make the application had passed but the deadline to be in possession of the card had not), showed that 2,200 of 162,100 applications for the post-Brexit carte de séjour were refused. Organisations dealing with Brits have reported that several of these were granted on appeal and some were due to incorrect filing of the application.

Brits who were living in France before December 31st 2020 had until January 1st 2022 to get their carte de séjour, after several extensions to the deadlines.

However, because France does not require residency permits for EU nationals, it is not possible to know how many Brits were living in France before Brexit, and therefore how many people have failed to hit the deadline to get the residency permit.

The Franco-British Network, which received UK government funding to help vulnerable people deal with their paperwork, has reported only a handful of cases of people who missed the deadline, and feedback suggests that local préfectures are still willing to process the paperwork for people who have missed the deadline.

However, it is likely that things will get stricter as more time passes, with people who do not have the correct paperwork likely to encounter difficulties in accessing healthcare or social security, and with travelling.

READ ALSO What to do if you have missed France’s Brexit residency deadline

Refused entry

Eurostat’s data also includes figures for the number of Brits refused entry to the EU – however this covers 2021 only, a period when strict Covid-related rules were in place for much of the year. The data does not distinguish between people refused entry for immigration reasons and those refused entry because they could not supply the Covid-related paperwork (negative tests, travel attestations, essential reasons for travel etc) that were in place at the time.

In total 139,000 non-EU citizens were refused entry into the EU at one of its external borders, of these, 4,470 (3.2 per cent) were UK citizens.

France was responsible for more than half, 2,610, and UK nationals were almost 32 per cent of non-EU citizens blocked at the French external border (8,210 in total). The Netherlands refused entry to 995 Brits, who represented 26.6 per cent of all third-country nationals denied access to the country. 

This data broadly correlates with passenger numbers, since the France border has by far the highest number of entries from the UK, including many people who are travelling onwards to other EU countries by road or rail.

This article was produced in cooperation with Europe Street News

Member comments

Log in here to leave a comment.
Become a Member to leave a comment.


What to expect for the 80th anniversary of D-Day in France

From international ceremonies to re-enactments and art exhibits plus parades, there are several things in store for the 80th anniversary of the Allied invasion of France.

What to expect for the 80th anniversary of D-Day in France

There are several events planned to recognise the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings, with the majority taking place at or near the historic sites in Normandy, northern France.

The D-Day landings, sometimes referred to as the Normandy landings, were a series of air and sea operations as part of the Allied invasion of France during World War II. In France they are referred to as Jour-J, le Débarquement or la Bataille de Normandie

The landings began on June 6th, 1944 under the codename ‘Operation Overlord’, among the largest seaborne invasions in history, and they helped to begin the liberation of France from occupation under Nazi Germany, eventually laying the foundations for Allied victory in Europe.

Thousands of Allied troops died, as well as between 4,000 to 9,000 German soldiers during the D-Day invasion alone and an estimated 20,000 French civilians were killed in the ensuing bombardments of villages and towns.

The ‘D-Day Festival Normandy’ will involve the bulk of the remembrance events, including the official ceremony, and it will take place from June 1st-16th. It will kick off on June 1st with a firework display. 

You can download the full itinerary HERE. English translations can be found under the original French. There is also more information available on the website, with an interactive map HERE.

Here are some of the main events planned;

The official international ceremony – June 6th

This will take place on the date of the anniversary at Omaha Beach and will involve various heads of state, veterans and other French officials. 

French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to be present, and while it has not yet been confirmed, there are strong indications that US president Joe Biden and Britain’s King Charles will also be in attendance.

Due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin was not invited, but Russia did receive an invitation to send another country representative.

It will likely resemble the previous large anniversary commemoration, which took place in 2014 and saw 17 heads of state in attendance for a ceremony at Sword beach.

Expect road closures in the area. Keep track of them using this map.

Air show

The Patrouille de France aerial display team will fly over Omaha Beach on June 6th – the day of the international ceremony.

Country-specific ceremonies

There are also going to be smaller individual ceremonies commemorating British soldiers at Gold Beach in Ver-sur-Mer, Americans at Colleville-sur-Mer, near the American cemetery and Omaha beach ,before the official ceremony on June 6th, and Canadians at Courseulles-sur-Mer, after the official International Ceremony.

These ceremonies may require advanced registration.

Museums, culture and art

Several museums, including the Utah Beach Museum, the Overlord Museum, and the Normandy Victory Museum will have special exhibits.

A few examples are the ‘Standing with Giants’ exhibit at the British Normandy Memorial, which features over 1,475 silhouettes, made from recycled materials, meant to represent the British soldiers who lost their lives.

There is also a photo exhibit on the role of Native Americans during WWII, which runs from May 8th to September 29th at Route de Grandcamp in Vierville-sur-Mer.


There will be several small-scale military vehicle parades, as well as some larger ones.

The ‘liberation of Sword beach’ parade will involve more than 100 military vehicles and people dressed in period attire. It will take place on the streets of Colleville-Montgomery and Ouistreham Riva-Bella, with live music from the ‘D-Day Ladies’. It will take place on June 8th.

There is also the Bayeux Liberty Parade (June 9th), which will involve more than 300 historic vehicles to recognise the first city to have been liberated in France. The event will open with a pipe band, and there may be an air show involved too (though this is subject to change).  

READ MORE: Oldest allies: The best and worst moments of the French-American relationship

Re-enactments and reconstructions of military camps

Camp US – An American re-enactment camp with around thirty vehicles and around forty participants in uniform. There will also be a free exhibit of old photos (June 2nd-4th), the screening of a WWII themed film on June 6th, food trucks and free parking nearby. Free to visit from June 1st-8th.

Camp Nan White – A Canadian re-enactment camp at Bernières-sur-Mer. You can discover Canadian military vehicles, radios, field kitchens and more. Plus, there will be a free concert. Free to visit from June 1st-9th.

Camp Geronimo – An American re-enactment camp at Sainte-Mère-Église. There will be several period vehicles, including tanks, as well as an exhibit on women in the US military, and a parade. Free to visit from June 1st-9th.

Parachute drops

Civilians, soldiers, veterans and re-enactment groups will take part in multiple commemorative parachute drops. There will be one on June 2nd at Carentan-les-Marais, another on June 5th at Azeville, and one at La Fière in Sainte-Mère-Église on June 9th.

Concerts and balls

Sword Beach Swing Festival – From June 7th-9th, music from the 20s to 40s, swing dancing, and more. Taking place at the Salle Trianon in Lion-sur-Mer from 7.30-8.00 pm on June 7 and 8, and from 2pm onward on June 9th. Free and open to all.

Somme Battlefield Pipe Band – Listen to traditional Scottish tunes, with some Irish, American, Canadian and Australian music mixed in. Located at Arromanches-les-Bains, starting at 5pm on June 6th.

Up the Johns Liberty Band – Enjoy an evening of fun with period costumes, live music, food and dancing, alongside members of the Canadian regiment that liberated the commune of Thue et Mue 80 years ago. Taking place at the Gymnase Victor Lorier at Rue de la Pérelle from 7.30pm onward on June 8th.

This is not an exhaustive list of all the D-Day commemorative events. You can find the full programme HERE.