Toodle-O: Record Number of Brits Seek German Passports as Brexit Looms

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14 June, 2017

In all, 110,383 people were given German citizenship, a 2.9% increase.

The number of Britons receiving German citizenship soared past year as the British voted to leave the European Union, Germany's Federal Statistic Office said on Tuesday.

Germany's federal statistics office said this was a 361% increase on the number granted citizenship in 2015 and the highest annual figure ever. The rise is likely to be far greater this year as it takes several months to obtain a German passport.

Reports have noted that many Britons are concerned that their country's departure from the European Union will make transactions with the bloc's market problematic, as well as end their ability to participate in the popular visa-free movement between EU-member nations.

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The largest group of people taking up German citizenship came from Turkey, although the total of 16,290 was down 17.3% from previous year.

There is a particular urgency in Germany's case, which is down to the country's strict rules on dual citizenship.

The second largest national group, Poles, recorded an increase of 11.3 per cent to reach 6,632. That uncertainty over the future status of British nationals living and working in other European Union countries has been increased by Theresa May's election debacle that cost her party its majority and left her weakened just days before Brexit talks are due to begin.

Foreigners can apply for German citizenship after eight years of residence.


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