Germany Sees UK Nationals Dash for Citizenship as Brexit Looms

Henrietta Brewer
June 17, 2017

Almost 2,900 British citizens were naturalized in Germany in 2016, a hefty 361% rise on the year before.

The number of Britons granted German citizenship quadrupled a year ago as the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union.

Following the popular referendum in the country to separate from the European Union, many United Kingdom citizens are taking steps to become German nationals, according to a new report from Deutsche Welle.

"A connection with Brexit is obvious", the statistic office said, noting it was the highest ever recorded number for British citizens.

In the event of a so-called "Hard Brexit" scenario, in which Britain leaves the European Union as well as its single market, British citizens are likely to lose their right to live and work across the 27 member states of the European Union.

As Britain prepares to leave the European Union, its citizens are rushing to retain ties to the bloc before the divorce is complete. Of the 110,400 foreigners naturalized previous year, the biggest group was from Turkey, followed by Poles, Ukrainians, Kosovars and Romanians.

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The second largest national group, Poles, recorded an increase of 11.3 per cent to reach 6,632.

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

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