Editor's note

Mirela, a Croatian who left the former Yugoslavia during the civil war and moved to the UK, knows only too well how important it is to feel secure in the country you call home. “Things can change quickly,” she told researchers looking into how EU citizens living in the UK are responding to Brexit uncertainty.

And she’s far from alone. There are an estimated 3.7m EU nationals in the UK and as the country edges ever closer to a no-deal Brexit, many are worried about what the future holds for them and their families.

So far, only a third have now applied for “settled status” and 130,000 for citizenship since the 2016 referendum, so many, particularly children, risk falling through the gaps. And the research reveals other, worrying trends, too, including that the share of British citizenship applications by EU nationals has increased from 4% in 2007 to 30% in June 2019, with many feeling that naturalisation is the only way they can “take back control” of their lives after years of uncertainty.

We’ve also been hearing how Sweden has seen a sharp rise in burials without ceremony, and how spiders are being threatened by climate change – and why that’s bad news for everyone, even arachnophobes.

Matt Warren

Deputy Editor

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