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Britons Living and Working Abroad

House of Lords written question – answered on 4th February 2014.

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Photo of Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 22 January (WA 120–1), what is their estimate of (1) the number of United Kingdom citizens living abroad in each European Union member state apart from Croatia, and (2) the number of United Kingdom citizens living abroad in each European Union member state apart from Croatia and claiming a United Kingdom state pension, in 2010 or any other year since 2000 for which figures are available.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The most recent figures we have are taken from a 2010 report which was commissioned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Consular Directorate. These figures are estimates of the number of United Kingdom citizens living abroad (including for part of a year). We also have 2010 figures for those living abroad and drawing a UK pension. We do not have a further breakdown of figures for those working abroad, or for those who have retired and are not drawing a UK pension. • Total number of UK citizens living abroad in EU Member States in 2010 (estimate): 2,197,800• Total number of UK citizens living abroad in EU Member States and claiming a UK state pension in 2010: 395,450.• Numbers for each EU Member State, excluding Croatia:

EU Member State UK Citizens living in MS (estimate - including for part of the year) Number of UK Citizens claiming a UK pension
Austria 7,000 5,140
Belgium 31,000 4,620
Bulgaria 18,000 420
Cyprus 65,000 16,450
Czech Republic 7,000 290
Denmark 12,000 2,170
Estonia 700 40
Finland 4,000 820
France 330,000 50,000
Germany 107,000 35,630
Greece 45,000 4,720
Hungary 5,000 810
Ireland 329,000 113,710
Italy 37,000 36,480
Latvia 400 120
Lithuania 300 70
Luxembourg 8,000 330
Malta 11,000 4,650
Netherlands 48,000 9,090
Poland 6,000 1,400
Portugal 39,000 8,220
Romania 7,000 60
Slovakia 1,000 40
Slovenia 4,000 160
Spain 1,050,000 96,990
Sweden 29,000 3,020
TOTAL 2,197,800 395,450

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