Saturday, 21 October, 2017

Germany: number of Britons granted citizenship quadruples

The Prime Minister made a huge mistake by closing down all her EU negotiating options before the talks even began Number of Britons seeking German citizenship leaps in 2016 as Brexit vote takes toll
Christy Curtis | 14 June, 2017, 05:32

The number of Britons becoming German citizens rose by 361% in 2016, amid concerns that Brexit could make it more hard for British people to live and work in the EU. And since it takes several months to complete the application process, Brits who applied after the Brexit referendum last June may not get their passports until this year, suggesting another big jump in naturalizations in 2017.

Brexit Secretary David Davis said British Prime Minister Theresa May was not sobbing over last week's failed election gamble when he met her after the vote, Davis said on Monday. In all, 110,383 people were given German citizenship, a 2.9 per cent increase.

The number of United Kingdom citizens seeking German passports has risen sharply over the past year, according to a Tuesday announcement by Berlin's Federal Statistical Office.

On average, only 1.6 per cent of all applications for German citizenship that are granted come from European Union countries.

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.

Turks were the biggest group, with 16,290 becoming German - a 17.3% drop, following declines in previous years.

Read: Dual citizenship in Europe: Which rules apply where? .

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