Britons seeking German citizenship increases as Brexit vote takes toll

The office said that many were concerned that the vote will make it more hard for them to live and work in the European Union in future.

More Britons than ever before became German citizens previous year after Britain's vote to leave Europe.

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 number is expected to be considerably greater next year as most Britons applying for a German passport did so only after the referendum and most applications take from six months to a year to process, the Guardian reported on Tuesday.


Britain's Brexit minister David Davis says Britain could still walk away from negotiations with the European Union with no deal, and it's important to keep that option open as talks over the terms of Britain's departure from the bloc begin.

Among nationals of Europe's biggest economies, only Italians - 3,597 of them - surpassed Britons in pursuing German citizenship, according to the latest statistics.

The largest group of people taking up German citizenship came from Turkey although the total of 16,290 was down 17.3 per cent from 2016.

There is a particular urgency in Germany's case, which is down to the country's strict rules on dual citizenship. Nationals of other European Union countries and Switzerland can keep their existing passports.


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